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Redskins Notebook

Ramsey Scheduled for Surgery

By Mark Maske

Washington Post Staff Writer

Monday, December 15, 2003; Page D14

Quarterback Patrick Ramsey is scheduled to undergo surgery today in Charlotte on the injury to his right foot that ended his season early.

The Washington Redskins placed Ramsey on the injured reserve list eight days ago and backup quarterback Tim Hasselbeck made his third straight start in place of Ramsey in yesterday's 27-0 loss to the Dallas Cowboys at FedEx Field.

Ramsey is scheduled to leave the Washington area this morning, and the procedure is to be performed by Charlotte-based specialist Robert Anderson. Ramsey said last week that he expected to have a tendon as well as a bone repaired, and he is to have a rehabilitation period of about 10 weeks. That timetable would leave him able to resume running in late February and, barring complications, should enable him to participate in much of the Redskins' offseason routine.

He has an injury to the fifth metatarsal on the outside of his foot that has been described by him and team officials as a bone bruise and the aggravation of an old fracture.

Coach Steve Spurrier said last week that Ramsey will be the Redskins' starter when he returns, and his health and the quality of his performances will determine how long he keeps the job. Spurrier and other club officials have said that Hasselbeck has earned the No. 2 quarterback job entering next season, but yesterday he completed only 6 of 26 passes for 56 yards. He threw four interceptions and had a passer rating of 0.0. Still, Spurrier said that he never considered going to rookie quarterback Gibran Hamdan yesterday and indicated that he would stick with Hasselbeck for Sunday's game at Chicago.

"Right now Tim is still our quarterback," Spurrier said. "Tim is set to go."

Said Hasselbeck: "I'm disappointed about this loss, don't get me wrong. But I don't for one minute think I can't play in this league because of what happened."

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Cowboys tight end Dan Campbell follows Antonio Bryant. Dallas had only 10 receptions for 108 yards but dominated time of possession.

Injuries to the Insult

The Redskins were down to their third left tackle after Brandon Winey hurt his right knee yesterday. Winey was starting in place of the injured Chris Samuels and remained in the game temporarily before giving way to the recently signed Daryl Terrell. Samuels, who has been sidelined by a sprained knee ligament, hopes to return for the Chicago game.

Team officials said that the knee injuries suffered by Winey and safety Matt Bowen would be reevaluated today. . . .

Wide receiver Laveranues Coles blamed himself, not Hasselbeck, after being held without a catch.

"Offensively we didn't execute and we came away with nothing," Coles said. "We all played our part in the loss. I didn't make any plays. My teammates depend on me to get the offense going, and I didn't do it. Any time you go out and don't do anything offensively, it's a little embarrassing. This is not a good taste to have in your mouth." . . .

The Redskins were beaten badly despite limiting the Cowboys to 10 pass completions. Dallas wide receivers Terry Glenn, Antonio Bryant and Joey Galloway totaled only four receptions for 34 yards.

"Any time the receivers catch one pass each for about 10 yards, you're supposed to win," Redskins cornerback Fred Smoot said.

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Said Hasselbeck: "I'm disappointed about this loss, don't get me wrong. But I don't for one minute think I can't play in this league because of what happened."

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the last sentence is evidence itself that Hasselbeck is fighting doubts after the loss, which is only natural given where he came from six weeks ago :)

let's put it this way: Hasselbeck's numbers were awful, but his boss the OBC sure didn't do a whole lot to help him out with the playcalling.

Cartwright had 94 yards rushing but could have been up around 150 if Spurrier had not given up on the run when he did.

It was clear from the start that Hasselbeck was off target, firing high on a number of throws.

That and the lack of blitzes by the Cowboys should have been a clue for Spurrier to change things up, at least at the half if not beforehand.

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Guys like Hasselbeck are always on a short leash, regardless of performance, just because of where they came from. Look at the benefit of the doubt afforded to Ladell Betts, vs a lot of the doubt that faces Rock Cartwright in terms of their respective abilities to get things done as a starter.

Cartwright at this point seems to have proved a lot more...

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