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Tests show Shuler out 2-4 weeks

THE BALTIMORE SUN

After giving Heath Shuler a battery of tests yesterday, the Washington Redskins confirmed their original diagnosis that the quarterback will be sidelined two to four weeks with a separated right shoulder.

Shuler suffered the injury when Clyde Simmons decked him after he threw a pass late in the second quarter of the Redskins' 27-7 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

Gus Frerotte, who threw two touchdown passes in the second half after replacing Shuler, will step into the starting slot in Shuler's absence and Trent Green will be the backup, coach Norv Turner said.

The Redskins will bring in former Charger Jeff Brohm for a workout today, but if they don't sign him the other possibilities for the No. 3 job are Sean Salisbury and Jay Schroeder.

It's uncertain whether Shuler will get his job back when he returns. Although Shuler said there's an "unwritten rule" that a player shouldn't lose his job because of an injury, Turner said he doesn't have such a policy.

"I guess I probably should have [a policy]. . . . But when you have a strict policy, you're just asking for trouble because you could probably end up breaking it somewhere down the road," Turner said.

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