What's new: Injuries are mounting for the Redskins, with starting left defensive end Sterling Palmer joining the list this week. Palmer underwent successful arthroscopic surgery yesterday to repair cartilage damage in his left knee. Palmer is officially listed as doubtful for Sunday's 1 p.m. game against the New England Patriots but coach Norv Turner said it would be a small miracle if Palmer plays.
"Usually this kind of procedure puts a player out for two to three weeks," said Turner. "But Sterling thinks he has a slim chance of playing. Fortunately we have depth in the defensive line [Dexter Nottage will replace Palmer if he can't play]."
Another injured Redskin is wide receiver Michael Westbrook (torn posterior cruciate ligament), who has been out for three weeks but returned to practice this week and continued to work out yesterday. "Michael ran good again today," said Turner. "His knee is still sore and we're still waiting until Sunday morning before making a decision on whether he'll play or not."
Next game: New England Patriots (3-2) coach Bill Parcells is still not happy with his team's performance, even though it has won three straight games. "We have not matured enough to understand what's going on," said Parcells. "When you have a 38-14 lead at the start of the fourth quarter [against the Ravens last Sunday] there is no way you should wind up fighting for your life to win [46-38]. We're still struggling and have a long ways to go. We're giving up too many points. We can't protect a lead."
However, Parcells likes the way quarterback Drew Bledsoe is putting points on the scoreboard and says the 24-year-old quarterback is "way down the road" from where he was two years ago when Bledsoe led New England to its first playoff appearance in 10 years.
What Norv Turner said: "People have been talking about Sean [RT Gilbert], Boutte [LT Marc] and Harvey [LB Ken] in there on defense but Palmer [LE Sterling] has done a good job for us. He has been overlooked."
Quotable: "Bill Parcells is pretty much the same guy as when he first came here . You never know quite what's coming from him. One day, you come in feeling pretty good about the team and he jumps down your throat. The next day, you come in feeling awful and he's supportive. It makes things easier when you get to the game, going through adversity all week," said Bledsoe.
Pub Date: 10/11/96