Washington Redskins defensive tackle Dan Wilkinson pronounced himself fit to play Sunday against the New York Giants after participating in about 10 plays during yesterday's practice. Wilkinson missed practice Wednesday and Thursday because of a strained back.
"I'm ready to rock-and-roll," said Wilkinson, who visited a chiropractor Thursday. "The treatment that I got released a big spasm in my back. It loosened it up. I feel fine."
Coach Norv Turner said a decision on Wilkinson's status won't be made until Sunday morning, but indicated he expects Wilkinson to play. With Marc Boutte likely to be on the inactive list for a third straight game because of a strained abdominal muscle, Doug Brown probably will be Wilkinson's backup.
Wide receiver Michael Westbrook was fitted for a new, less-cumbersome cast for his broken wrist and remains scheduled to start Sunday. Running back Stephen Davis (bruised thigh) and tight end Stephen Alexander (hip flexor) missed practice time this week, but Turner said he expects both to be in the starting lineup.
Snyder Denies Report
Owner Daniel M. Snyder denied a Washington Times report that the Redskins have begun to review prospective replacements for Turner from among the college ranks, including Wisconsin's Barry Alvarez, Miami's Butch Davis and Texas's Mack Brown.
"It is completely inaccurate," Snyder said. "No coaching searches will be conducted around here without my knowledge, and I had never even heard of two of the three before. Butch Davis, I know. The other two, I don't."
Deal Delivered Sunday
The Redskins and Federal Express have scheduled a news conference for Sunday at noon to announce their 27-year, $205.5 million stadium-naming-rights agreement. The name change from Redskins Stadium to FedEx Field is scheduled to take effect Sunday. . . . The Redskins placed fullback Larry Bowie, guard Keith Sims, tackle Jamie Brown and defensive tackle Barron Tanner on their early inactive list for Sunday's game.