Stubblefield won't play against Bucs

Published Dec. 17, 1998|Updated Sept. 14, 2005

Defensive tackle Dana Stubblefield's troubled first season with the Redskins is over. Stubblefield said Wednesday that his surgically repaired right knee hasn't healed sufficiently for him to play in the remaining two games, on Saturday against the Bucs in Washington and Dec. 27 in Dallas.

Stubblefield said he was examined this week and decided Wednesday not to risk further injury. "I'll get it stronger and get it ready for next year."

Stubblefield signed a six-year, $36-million contract in February. He had 32 tackles in seven games.

WESTBROOK OUTLOOK: A spine specialist told Redskins WR Michael Westbrook he should be able to resume his career next season after he has surgery to repair a herniated disc in his neck, team officials said.

STEWART APOLOGIZES: Steelers QB Kordell Stewart apologized to his teammates and coach Bill Cowher for the way he is playing and for his sideline temper tantrum in Sunday's 16-3 loss to the Bucs in Tampa.

"It happened, so be a man about it," said Stewart, who has only 11 touchdown passes and 16 interceptions. "I told them I'm still Kordell, and I'm a fighter and not a loser."

Stewart was among the speakers in a players-only meeting called to deal with a three-game losing streak.

LITTLE INDICTED: Rams LB Leonard Little was indicted on voluntary manslaughter in an Oct. 19 crash that killed a Missouri woman.

The Rams signed former Notre Dame QB Ron Powlus to the practice squad. Starter Tony Banks was lost for the season with a knee injury on Sunday.

PATRIOTS: QB Scott Zolak will make his first start in three seasons against San Francisco in place of Drew Bledsoe, who broke a finger last month.

SUPER TOSS: Ten Hall of Famers who played in the 1958 Baltimore Colts-New York Giants overtime NFL championship game will be honored at the coin toss at the Jan. 31 Super Bowl, and the coin will feature the helmets of the Colts and Giants in what has become known as "the greatest football game ever played." OT Jim Parker, FB Lenny Moore, E Raymond Berry, DT Art Donovan and DE Gino Marchetti of the Colts and HB Frank Gifford, OT Roosevelt Brown, WR Don Maynard, LB Sam Huff and defensive coach Tom Landry of the Giants will participate.