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ESPN Insider Peep Show September 3


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By Darrell Trimble

ESPN Insider

http://insider.espn.go.com/insider/story?id=1608186

Jacksonville Jaguars: The team hosted RB Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala Tuesday in an attempt to solidify the backfield. Jags VP of player personnel James Harris said he wants to sign Fuamatu-Ma'afala, but the team might hold off until next week because Fu is a vested veteran and if he's on the opening day roster his entire 2003 salary would be guaranteed. "He's a versatile back who can also contribute on special teams, and you have to like his size," Harris told the Florida Times-Union. "He's a big guy." And because of that, the 254-pounder is receiving interest from around the league. The Saints, Bengals and Browns all expressed interest in Fuamatu-Ma'afala by contacting his agent Monday.

Washington Redskins: Though QB Danny Wuerffel is always a phone call away, the Redskins have to brace themselves for the possibility that Patrick Ramsey and Rob Johnson could both get injured in the same game. Should that happen, the 'Skins would have no other choice than to use a non-quarterback under center for the remainder of the contest. According to the Washington Post, KR Chad Morton, S Matt Bowen and WR Rod Gardner took snaps under center and appear to be the top candidates to serve as the Redskins' emergency third quarterback. Gardner played quarterback in high school, and Bowen was recruited to Iowa as a quarterback before being moved to safety.

Porter

Pittsburgh Steelers: LB Joey Porter, who was shot while standing outside a Denver sports bar, had the bullet removed from his tight thigh Tuesday. According to Porter's agent, Jeff Sperbeck, the size of the bullet was significant and while he wasn't sure of the caliber it was bigger than doctors expected. Despite the size, the bullet caused less damage than originally feared and now there is optimism that Porter could return to the lineup very soon. "It can be anywhere from two weeks to him back playing or up to six to eight weeks," coach Bill Cowher told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Sperbeck said it is more likely to be three or four weeks before Porter will play, meaning Porter's first game might come in Denver, ironically enough.

Houston Texans: The Texans won twice as many games as Cincinnati last year, but that didn't stop them from adding two recently released Bengals Tuesday. The Houston Cnrinicle reports the team signed free-agent LBs Steve Foley and Armegis Spearman. Foley (6-3, 260) has played in 54 career games, including 45 starts since being selected by the Bengals in the third round in 1998. He missed last season with a dislocated right shoulder. Spearman (6-2, 251) started 11 games as a rookie in 2000, but spent parts of the past two seasons on injured reserve with an assortment of ailments. Both backers are athletic and should contribute to the Texans' 3-4 scheme that requires depth at the position.

Dallas Cowboys: Will he or won't he? That's the question that's been asked about coach Bill Parcells decision to call his own plays instead of deferring to offensive coordinator Maurice Carthon. "Yeah, I would say so," Parcells told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, finally answering the question. "I've been doing it." Parcells said he called "pretty much 100 percent" of the plays in the Cowboys' 52-13 victory against Oakland in the preseason finale. He estimates he called probably three-fourths of the plays in their 15-14 preseason loss to Pittsburgh. "But it's a three-way deal. I'm getting help from [offensive coordinator Maurice] Mo [Carthon] and [quarterbacks coach] Sean [Payton]," Parcells said. "Is it by committee? Yeah, it really is by committee." But the final say will rest with Parcells.

Hamilton

New York Giants: DT Keith Hamilton, who was arrested May 22 on a variety of drug charges, had his case adjourned Tuesday and according to the New York Post a new court date was set for Sept. 15. Hamilton has been offered a plea bargain if he pleads guilty to possession of cocaine, but such an admission would probably lead to at least a four-game suspension by the NFL because he is a second-time offender. It is widely believed Hamilton's legal representation will attempt to delay any legal proceedings until Hamilton can get through this season, meaning a plea bargain is not likely.

Baltimore Ravens: Despite dislocating multiple toes in his foot in the first preseason game, WR Frank Sanders is confident that he'll be able to play in the opener against Pittsburgh. After returning to practice Tuesday, Sanders said his injured foot "felt pretty good." "I expect to be playing on Sunday," Sanders told the Baltimore Sun. "They are working on it, and I've been cutting and running for the most part." Even if Sanders does get the nod over Marcus Robinson, he'll be rusty because of his lack of work with rookie QB Kyle Boller.

Seattle Seahawks: At one point, a Seattle Seahawks ticket was tough to get, but that was a long time ago. This year, the Seahawks home opener against New Orleans still has 20,000 unsold tickets and such poor attendance could earn the dubious honor of being the worst season opener in team history. Asked if he thought the 20,000 remaining tickets was a surprising number, Seahawks president Bob Whitsitt told the Seattle Post-Intellegencer: "I don't know if surprising is the right word. Obviously, you'd like it to be a lot better, but you keep working at it and hopefully people get to see an exciting team this year, and hopefully the momentum grows." That's an odd number for a team that just christened a new state of the art stadium and has become a sexy playoff pick.

Houston Texans: The Texans won twice as many games as Cincinnati last year, but that didn't stop them from adding two recently released Bengals Tuesday. The Houston Chronicle reports the team signed free-agent LBs Steve Foley and Armegis Spearman. Foley (6-3, 260) has played in 54 career games, including 45 starts since being selected by the Bengals in the third round in 1998. He missed last season with a dislocated right shoulder. Spearman (6-2, 251) started 11 games as a rookie in 2000, but spent parts of the past two seasons on injured reserve with an assortment of ailments. Both backers are athletic and should contribute to the Texans' 3-4 scheme that requires depth at the position.

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The last time the Redskins lost both QB's in a game was in the infamous body bag game against the Eagles.

Brian Mitchell came in to play QB and lead the team to it's only TD of the game.

I believe we lost that game 14-7.

If we get down to our 3rd QB, then the game was probably lost a long time ago and wouldn't make a difference.

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