Redskins re-sign Wycheck


Frank Wycheck, the former University of Maryland running back who was suspended by the NFL the final four games last year because of steroid use, is going to try to make a comeback with the Washington Redskins this year.

The Redskins, who originally planned to leave Wycheck exposed in the expansion draft until the league ruled a suspended player wasn't eligible for the list, have agreed to terms with him on a one-year deal for the $178,000 minimum.

Wycheck said the steroid entered his system inadvertently when he was using the compound DMSO to treat a thigh bruise last summer. He played in nine games and started one last year before being suspended.

The Redskins also signed two other young players -- defensive lineman Marc Boutte, who played in nine games, and wide receiver Leslie Shepherd, who played in three games at the end of the season after spending most of the year on the practice squad.

The Redskins also signed punter Kent Sullivan, who has punted 24 times for a 40.3 average for three different teams the past three years. He'll compete with Dan Turk, who was signed

earlier, to compete for the job vacated when Reggie Roby signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a free agent.

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