The New York Jets may have placed the call this week to see if backup quarterback Patrick Ramsey might be available, but Coach Joe Gibbs said yesterday that the Redskins had no interest in even talking about such a possibility.
"I wasn't in the conversation," Gibbs said. "I certainly haven't talked about anything like that. As Vinny [Cerrato] said, it was a short conversation. There was no interest [on the Redskins' part]. We're concentrating on getting ready for Seattle."
Cerrato, the Redskins' vice president of football operations, had said Tuesday that he had a "10-second conversation" with Jets assistant general manager Mike Tannenbaum about Ramsey and that "we're not interested in making a trade."
The Jets' starting quarterback, Chad Pennington, and his backup, Jay Fiedler, both suffered shoulder injuries in the Jets' 26-20 overtime loss to Jacksonville on Sunday. The Jets will start Brooks Bollinger against the Baltimore Ravens and signed 41-year-old Vinny Testaverde on Tuesday to back him up.
The Redskins listed three players as questionable yesterday on their injury report -- kicker John Hall (quadriceps), safety Pierson Prioleau (hamstring) and cornerback Walt Harris (calf). Hall and Prioleau are unlikely to be available, but Gibbs said Harris "feels like he'll be okay to go."
Harris did not participate in yesterday's practice. He has been starting ahead of No. 1 pick Carlos Rodgers, who likely would replace him if Harris can't play. Gibbs said the team also had several contingency plans, but didn't elaborate.
Tackle Jon Jansen (two broken thumbs), safety Sean Taylor (shoulder) and linebacker Lemar Marshall (groin) all were listed as probable against the Seahawks. Seattle listed wide receiver Peter Warrick (groin) as questionable and tackle Floyd Womack (left triceps) as doubtful.
Holmgren Lauds Gibbs
Seattle Coach Mike Holmgren, in a conference call with reporters, spoke in glowing terms about Gibbs, saying he was "one of the men I've looked up to in my career since I was a high school coach in San Jose.
"He can't do much wrong in my book," Holmgren said. "He's the model of what you should try to be in this business. He's a wonderful human being, a good Christian man and a great coach. I don't know why he would want to get back into this meat grinder. But he'll get done whatever needs to be done there."
Remnants of Rita
Bubba Tyer, the Redskins' longtime director of sports medicine, said his mother, sister and brother-in-law were safe and living with relatives in Dallas after evacuating their home in Beaumont, Tex., before Hurricane Rita hit. He said the usual four-hour drive to Dallas took 30 hours on clogged roads, and they had to wait six hours at one point to get gas. His mother's house was relatively unscathed, but the family still didn't know anything about his sister's home. . . . Free safety Sean Taylor stayed after practice to run pass routes and catch passes from rookie quarterback Jason Campbell under the watchful eye of quarterbacks coach Bill Musgrave, who also played pass defense on Taylor. . . . The team announced the signing of wide receiver Steven Harris and defensive back Curry Burns to the practice squad. Tackle Jason Nerys and defensive back Charles Byrd were released from the practice squad.