Washington Redskins backup quarterback Patrick Ramsey took most of the snaps during practice yesterday and remains likely to start Monday's game against Dallas at FedEx Field. Regular starter Mark Brunell said his strained left hamstring felt better yesterday but his ability to practice this week is still in doubt.
Coach Joe Gibbs said Brunell would not start Monday if he is not able to practice. The players are off today and Brunell's status will be updated tomorrow.
"I made a little progress [yesterday], so that's good," Brunell said. "It's day-to-day and you try to be patient."
Ramsey, who threw one touchdown and three interceptions in a relief role in Sunday's 20-14 loss to the New York Giants, had been taking only 10 percent of the snaps in practice and still is adjusting to a new offensive system. He is slated to get 90 percent of the snaps should Brunell not be able to practice.
"I was able to go out there and take the reps and see some plays that I think we're going to try to run" Monday, Ramsey said after leaving the practice field yesterday. But the third-year player is unsure when he will be informed about his status for Monday night.
"In my opinion, and I'm not coach, but I think it's all up to Mark," Ramsey said. "We'll see if he can go, and I'll step up accordingly."
Ailing Daniels Visits Specialist
Bubba Tyer, the team's director of sports medicine, accompanied defensive lineman Phillip Daniels to see a specialist yesterday for his groin problem. Daniels, a starter and one of the primary free agents signed to bolster the defense in the offseason, is projected to be out two to four weeks, team officials have said, although that timetable could prove to be optimistic.
The Redskins' defensive line was much maligned last season and Daniels was targeted for his ability to play against the run and pass. The front four has been stout against the run this season but has not generated much of a pass rush; most of Washington's pressure has come when it gets help from blitzing linebackers or defensive backs. Losing Daniels is a big blow, and Gibbs said the team likely will continue to rely on players such as reserve lineman Ron Warner in the short term.
"I think we'll kind of rotate some guys in there," Gibbs said. "I think we have some very good players there."
The Redskins also could audition free agent linemen. League sources said the team had not contacted former Redskin Regan Upshaw or free agent Kenny Holmes as of last night, however.
Barrow May Miss Third Game in a Row
Linebacker Mike Barrow could miss his third straight game because of tendinitis in his left knee. Barrow has been unable to make it through multiple practices at full strength since the first week of training camp. Barrow, signed in the offseason to start at inside linebacker, badly wanted to face his former teammates in New York on Sunday, and although he has not been ruled out for Monday's game, it appears that he likely will be inactive. . . .
The Redskins signed linebacker Michael Brown to the active roster yesterday and waived linebacker Devin Lemons. Brown spent last season on Tampa Bay's practice squad and was with the Buccaneers for training camp this season. The Redskins also released place kicker Ola Kimrin and offensive lineman Ben Nowland from the practice squad and signed defensive lineman Nic Clemons and linebacker Steve Josue to the practice squad.