ASHBURN, Va. -- Mr. Irrelevant became irrelevant for the Washington Redskins yesterday.
Center Matt Elliott, whose one moment in the limelight came when he was the final player selected in the 1992 draft and was honored at the Irrelevant Week ceremonies in Newport Beach, Calif., was waived by the Redskins yesterday.
Elliott and Ray Rowe, a sixth-round pick in 1992, were the only former draft choices among the seven players waived as the Redskins got their roster down to the mandatory 60-player limit.
They also put wide receiver Mark Stock on the injured reserve list with a shoulder injury and put defensive lineman Martin Hochertz on the waived/injured list.
In another move, they claimed defensive tackle Anthony Abrams, who was selected on the sixth round by the Buffalo Bills and then waived.
The Redskins have a shortage of defensive linemen because Tim Johnson still is recovering from a hamstring pull and Shane Collins underwent arthroscopic knee surgery yesterday.
Elliott beat the odds when he made the Redskins in 1992, played in 12 games and started two. He then was sidelined all last year with a knee injury.
Cutting Elliott was tough for coach Norv Turner, but Washington has a good group of veteran linemen and two promising rookies, Tre Johnson and Joe Patton.
"He had an excellent camp. He's in an area that's one of our strengths. This is one that hurts because you see a guy come back from an injury, play as well as he can and get caught up in the numbers," Turner said.
Elliott's not eligible for the practice squad because he's a two-year player, but some of the rookies waived yesterday might be back next week on the practice squad after the final roster of 53 is set.
The Redskins suffered two injuries at practice yesterday. Tight end Frank Wycheck was hospitalized with muscle spasms and defensive lineman Dexter Nottage suffered a shoulder injury. The Redskins don't think either injury is serious.
Elewonibi, Meola cut
Offensive lineman Moe Elewonibi, who was waived by the Redskins when they signed quarterback Heath Shuler, was waived by the Buffalo Bills yesterday. A back injury kept Elewonibi from playing in any preseason games.
The best-known player waived yesterday was a soccer star: Tony Meola, the U.S. team's goalie, who was released by the New York Jets. Coach Pete Carroll said he hopes to put Meola on the practice squad.
The best player waived probably was Houston Oilers defensive lineman Lee Williams, who was trying to come back from off-season knee surgery and failed his physical. The Oilers hope to re-sign him at a salary lower than his current $1.125 million.
The highest draft pick waived was defensive lineman Ervin Collier, a third-round selection of the New England Patriots.
Around the league
The Pittsburgh Steelers put guard Carlton Haselrig, a Pro Bowl player two years ago, on the reserve/left-camp list. He's out for the year, and his future is uncertain. He was treated twice in drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers last year and was recovering from a broken wrist. The Steelers haven't seen him in two weeks. . . . Cornerback Darryl Henley, free on $200,000 bail while awaiting trial for allegedly running a nationwide cocaine network, can travel with the Los Angeles Rams if he posts $1 million bail and is accompanied by a court officer everywhere but on the field, a judge in Santa Ana, Calif., ruled.
ALL-TIME NFL TEAM
The All-Time NFL Team, as chosen by a 15-person panel of NFL and Pro Football Hall of Fame officials, former players and media members:
Offense Quarterbacks: Sammy Baugh, Otto Graham, Joe Montana, Johnny Unitas
Running backs: Jim Brown, Marion Motley, Bronko Nagurski, Walter Payton, O.J. Simpson, Steve Van Buren
Receivers: Lance Alworth, Raymond Berry, Don Hutson, Jerry Rice
Tight ends: Mike Ditka, Kellen Winslow
Tackles: Roosevelt Brown, Forrest Gregg, Anthony Munoz
Guards: John Hannah Jim Parker, Gene Upshaw
Centers: Mel Hein, Mike Webster Defense Ends: Deacon Jones, Gino Marchetti, Reggie White
Tackles: Joe Greene, Bob Lilly, Merlin Olsen
Linebackers: Dick Butkus, Jack Ham, Ted Hendricks, Jack Lambert, Willie Lanier, Ray Nitschke, Lawrence Taylor
Cornerbacks: Mel Blount, Dick "Night Train" Lane, Mike Haynes, Rod Woodson
Safeties: Ken Houston, Ronnie Lott, Larry Wilson
Specialists Punter: Ray Guy
Place-kicker: Jan Stenerud
Punt returner: Billy "White Shoes" Johnson
Kick returner: Gale Sayers