Friday, August 09, 2002

It's a hazing day of summer for rookie


NFL notebook

The Associated Press

        CARLISLE, Pa. — Taped to a goal post from his ankles to his forearms, Patrick Ramsey had little wiggle room as he fielded questions about his first Washington Redskins training camp practice.

        “You kind of expect this,” the rookie quarterback, a first-round draft pick, said of the hazing that marked the end of his 16-day holdout. “You almost consider it an honor.”

        If it was an honor, it wasn't a comfortable one. With Jon Jansen and Walter Rasby leading the charge, Ramsey was secured to the post after morning practice. Then Jansen dumped a bucket of ice on Ramsey's head, a chilling extra point on a cool summer day.

        “That's the Japan trip, right there,” said Jansen, noting that Ramsey had joined the team just in time to miss the 13-hour flights to and from the American Bowl.

        Ramsey, who signed a five-year, $5.7 million contract Wednesday, ran the scout team in preparation for Saturday's exhibition game at Carolina.

        The Redskins are trying to make room for Ramsey after failing to trade his rights to Chicago. Coach Steve Spurrier said Ramsey might get some playing time before the exhibitions are over.

        RAMS: Wide receiver Ricky Proehl will miss Saturday's exhibition opener at Tennessee after straining his right hamstring.

        “Every year that he's been here he's had some sort of hamstring problem,” coach Mike Martz said. “It seems no matter what we do, how we work him, he does this every summer. He fights through it and we get him back for the season, and he's fine.”

        COLTS: The speakers were blaring heavy metal music by AC/DC. But this was no concert; it was Indianapolis' practice.

        Coach Tony Dungy used the tape so his team could prepare for the noise expected from a sellout crowd Saturday as Seattle opens its new 65,000-seat domed stadium.

        “We were working on the silent count for road games, to make them work with some distractions,” Dungy said.

        BRONCOS: Offensive lineman Mark Fischer signed with Denver after four years with Washington.

        Fischer, 28, spent most of last season on injured reserve after hurting his right knee. The 6-foot-3, 303-pound center started all 16 games for Washington in 2000.

        BEARS: Charles “Ookie” Miller, a Chicago center and linebacker from 1932 to 1936, died Wednesday at age 92. He died of heart failure at his home in Hudson, Fla.

        Miller also played for the Cleveland Rams and Green Bay Packers before retiring in 1938.

       



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