Redskins Report: Patrick Ramsey

Ramsey said that he'll play at Miami on Sunday if he can, but he also knows that he'll miss practice Wednesday. And he took a cortisone shot Monday to ease the pain in his foot -- which Redskins trainer Dean Kleinschmidt has termed as a bruised bone, not a break.

Apparently, at some point Ramsey suffered a fracture in his right foot. But he never knew about it so the proper steps weren't taken to treat the injury. He re-injured his foot against Seattle two weeks ago, carrying out a play fake. Then he hurt it worse Sunday when someone rolled up on his ankle as he threw a screen pass.

Ramsey said it hurts more than it did a week ago. But he's not sure if taking time off would help it.

``It's hard to say,'' Ramsey said. ``It might be the same after a week off so then we're no better off. If I can go I'm going to try and play. It's something I have to get under control to be as effective as I want to be, and need to be.''

Coach Steve Spurrier remained optimistic that Ramsey would play, however.

``I think he'll be able to go,'' Spurrier said. ``It's affected his hitch step and his footwork. But [the cortisone shot] will give him some relief.''

. . . Fullback/running back Rock Cartwright said he's day to day with a sprained left ankle. Cartwright left Redskins Park on crutches and wearing a protective boot. But he'd gone without crutches until leaving here this afternoon.

Running back Ladell Betts underwent an X-ray today to determine if his fractured forearm has healed. If he's healthy, Spurrier said Betts likely would start.

. . . Spurrier also said he plans to once again get more involved in the playcalling duties, but still wasn't sure whether or not he'd be the one calling the plays. There's some talk that Spurrier has to decide for the rest of this season, and 2004, if he wants to be the playcaller or hand those duties fulltime to Hue Jackson.


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