The Washington Redskins apparently are no longer interested in re-signing veteran linebacker Ken Harvey, at least not for the moment, according to Coach Norv Turner. Harvey, who spent the previous five seasons with the Redskins before retiring during training camp, had accompanied the team to Arizona for Sunday's game against the Cardinals.
Although team sources had indicated the Redskins were considering re-signing Harvey, Turner said yesterday that may no longer be the case.
"He retired," Turner said. "I think a little bit of him still wants to play, but a lot of him does not. In my mind, he's retired."
Harvey had indicated he would consider coming back as a role player. The Redskins, meanwhile, indicated they planned to re-evaluate their linebackers after the Cardinals game. Coaches said yesterday they were pleased with the play at the position, particularly the improvement of second-year player Shawn Barber, who had what Turner said was his best game of the season.
Harvey was not available to comment.
Trading Deadline Is Today
The NFL trading deadline comes at 4 p.m. today, and team officials are indicating it is likely the Redskins will stand pat.
The team had hoped to be able to negotiate a deal with Seattle to acquire holdout wide receiver Joey Galloway, but are convinced that the Seahawks have no intention of trading him. . . .
Defensive coordinator Mike Nolan gave the credit to his old friend and mentor, Bill Arnsparger, for the team's improved defense against the Cardinals. Asked what Arnsparger brought in as a consultant last week, Nolan smiled and said: "Anything good. . . . He was extremely helpful to me. . . . He was part of everything and anything that went our way."
Added Turner: "I don't know if you could sit down and pinpoint it. In a general sense, having another veteran, experienced, very, very capable coach on the staff is a plus. . . . I think it will help us a little every week down the road. Having Bill in the coaches' box is a big plus."
3 Cheers for Champ
Champ Bailey, 21, became the youngest player in NFL history with three interceptions in a game. Sunday night also marked only the 15th time a Redskin has had three or more interceptions in a game. The Redskins are 14-1 in those games.
All three of Bailey's interceptions came on passes intended for wide receiver Rob Moore, who had only one catch for 10 yards--a touchdown that got the Cardinals to within 17-10 with 6 minutes 59 seconds to play. . . .
The Redskins reclaimed the No. 1 offensive ranking in the NFL ahead of the St. Louis Rams. That includes the fourth-best rushing offense and No. 2-ranked passing offense, behind the New England Patriots. . . . Running back Stephen Davis didn't score against Arizona, but still leads the NFL with 56 points. . . . The Redskins are third in the league in red-zone scoring, converting 19 of 21 possessions with 15 touchdowns and four field goals inside the 20. . . . Since starting 0-7 last year, the Redskins have won 10 of 14, including four straight.