What's new: It looks as if Gus Frerotte will be throwing to three 30-something wide receivers Sunday against Tampa Bay. Willie "Flipper" Anderson, 31, is expected to see his first extensive duty as a third-down receiver since being signed Oct. 7; Bill Brooks, 32, will start in place of injured Michael Westbrook; Henry Ellard, 35, is the other starter.
Next game: Just when quarterback Trent Dilfer and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-9) thought they had figured out how to win in the NFL, they threw in a clunker last week in a 24-0 loss to Carolina. Dilfer fumbled once, threw two interceptions, was sacked four times and was knocked down 13 times in the loss that followed three straight wins. "I've had to have a thick skin," Dilfer said. "There has been a lot of criticism of me, deserved or not. I don't read it. I just move on." Said first-year Tampa Bay coach Tony Dungy: "Expectations are very low around here in the community and media. If we lose, it's expected. If we win, it's a fluke." Dilfer, 24, is 28th among NFL quarterbacks (64.0).
What Norv Turner said: "We're going to attack Tampa Bay with the guys we have available to play and not dwell on injuries. Yes, we know the significance of this game in regards to the playoffs. Our players have been told what's at stake over the last three games."
Injuries: WR Michael Westbrook (dislodged cartilage in his left knee) will not play; WR Leslie Shepherd (sprained left Achilles' tendon) is probable. RB Terry Allen (sprained shoulder), S Darryl Pounds (two bulging disks in his back), DT Sean Gilbert (sprained left knee) and DT Marc Boutte (torn lateral meniscus in his knee) have all practiced lightly this week and are expected to play. The good news on the injury front is the possible return of veteran OT Ed Simmons next week against Arizona. Simmons played in pain for the first 10 games of the season before having arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Nov. 11 and missing the past three games. Simmons is questionable for Arizona.
Quotable: "A lot of people probably believe we're all gloom and doom around here, but I got up in front of the team the other day and told them I wouldn't want to be anyplace else but right here on this team with these players in this situation. I asked if there was anyone in the room who wanted to be someplace else and no one raised their hand," said Redskins cornerback Darrell Green.
Pub Date: 12/05/96