Redskins Park Update: Wednesday

Redskins quarterback Patrick Ramsey is pessimistic about his chances for playing this weekend, which means it's a safe bet that he probably won't play against the Saints.

Ramsey is now wearing a soft cast on his right foot, protecting the old fracture that now has a bruised bone. Ramsey called himself doubtful and even said, ``I want to let it heal and come back toward the end of the season. If I go a couple weeks in this cast and it doesn't get any better, then we'll see about shutting it down for the season.''

At this point, Ramsey said, he's week to week instead of day to day.

. . .The Redskins could be setting up coach Steve Spurrier to decide between firing some of his assistant coaches or quitting. And from what we hear Spurrier might agree to make changes, but he doesn't want to be pressured into firing anyone (meaning George Edwards). Edwards also has the support of his players.

When asked how it would impact his desire to leave via free agency, corner Champ Bailey said, ``It would affect it. A lot.'' He wouldn't elaborate, but there's no doubt Bailey is tired of playing for new coordinators, or coaches, every year.

And the players say to quit blaming Edwards.

``It's far from the coaches,'' corner Fred Smoot said. ``We're not winning those games. We're the ones who go out and fight.''

Smoot said he's tired of the constant change, saying another firing would make them start all over again. That means getting used to different coaches and teammates and schemes instead of just building on what they did the previous year.

``We're the ones who are going to save it,'' Smoot said. ``If we don't play good he might get fired. I'll do everything I can to keep him around.''

. . . Left tackle Chris Samuels is listed as doubtful, but there's almost no chance he'll play Sunday.

. . . The signing of tackle Kenyatta Jones, along with Byron Chamberlain and Darrell Russell, have folks around the league wondering what the Redskins are doing, stocking up on players of questionable character. Walker and Russell have been in trouble with the law; Chamberlain's only grievance is that he came here out of shape.

Yes, Redskins offensive coordinator Hue Jackson interviewed for the vacancy at Duke. But don't expect that to go much further. From what we've heard, Duke's top candidates include interim coach Ted Roof, Colgate coach Jack Biddle, USC offensive coordinator Norm Chow, Navy coach Paul Johnson, Lousiana Tech coach Jack Bicknell and former Maryland/Georgia Tech coach Bobby Ross. Also, there's been some talk that Steve Spurrier Jr., might be interviewed by Central Florida. But a Redskins source said he hasn't talked with them yet.

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