Petitbon says Rypien still in team's picture


Washington Redskins coach Richie Petitbon met with quarterback Mark Rypien yesterday and told him he's the starting quarterback for the season finale Friday against the Minnesota Vikings.

Rypien, who said Sunday that he'll probably be dropped at the end of the year by the team and that someone "on top" was making personnel decisions, said yesterday that his comments "might have been blown out of proportion." Rypien said his comments were only his "opinion" after his contract wasn't restructured last week. Petitbon said no decisions have been made about the future.

Hearing on dues held

Arbitrator Herbert Fishgold conducted a 5 1/2 -hour grievance hearing on whether the Redskins have to pay their $5,000 union dues or face suspension for Friday's game.

Fishgold indicated he will make a ruling by tomorrow. The Redskins argue the team is located in Virginia, a right-to-work state, so the players don't have to pay. The NFLPA contends the team is located in the District of Columbia because the team plays its games there. Two Redskins paid dues yesterday, leaving 35 who haven't paid.

Snow delay

The Redskins plowed the artificial turf at their training complex before starting practice yesterday.

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