REDSKINS RETURN, NO QB DECISION

The Redskins returned from their weekend off, still smarting over their two straight losses and still uncertain who will play quarterback. They'll also have a new starting receiver.

Coach Steve Spurrier said he's still not ready to announce who his starting quarterback will be. But he said it won't be Shane Matthews, declaring the veteran quarterback ''too banged up'' to be anything more than a No. 3 quarterback against Tennessee on Sunday.

Like many people, Matthews expects Danny Wuerffel to win the job. Spurrier seems intent on letting Wuerffel get a start, hoping that he's better as a starter than as a reliever.

''It's probably Danny, I would think,'' Matthews said. ''But who knows?''

Matthews was upset about his new role.

''Obviously I'm not very happy,'' Matthews said. ''He wants to go in another direction and it's out of my control. It's disappointing. You look at some guys and they throw three or four interceptions and they're still playing. I support him and I'll do what I can to help Danny out. Usually you get benched when you play poorly. He made the decision and what can I do. Whatever is best for the Redskins, I'll go with it.''

Spurrier said Kevin Lockett would replace Derrius Thompson at receiver, opposite Rod Gardner. The Redskins say Lockett runs better routes, something they need in an offense that relies on precision.

''You don't have to be a blazer in this offense,'' Lockett said. ''But if you run good routes, the system helps you get open. If you have your timing down with the quarterback, you'll catch a lot of balls.''

Meanwhile, the players were happy to be back at practice. They say their attitude has changed.

''I feel ready to get this thing turned around,'' Redskins linebacker LaVar Arrington said. ''The next few teams are catching us at the wrong time. This team is really focused on getting better. We've just got a whole lot of urgency in practice. We were practicing a little lax. We're practicing the way we want to play right now.''

That's fine, Spurrier said. As long as it means something on Sunday.

''We need to play with more urgency and more speed, more intensity,'' he said. ''They've practiced well most of the time, but that needs to carry over into the game. The only thing that matters is how you play the game.''




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