Monday, October 6, 2003
Redskins sign TE Chamberlain
ASHBURN, Va. -- Tight end Byron Chamberlain signed with the
Washington Redskins on Monday, a week after he was cut by Minnesota
after returning out of shape from a drug suspension.
To make room for Chamberlain, the Redskins released tight end
Chamberlain was suspended for the first four games after testing
positive for the stimulant ephedra -- a violation of the NFL's
policy on banned substances. He wasn't allowed to practice with the
Vikings during the suspension, and was released the day he
Chamberlain said he wasn't surprised by Minnesota's decision.
"I put myself in that position," he said. "I kind of had to
deal with the consequences."
Chamberlain said he was unaware he had been using a product that
"I thought I was taking a safe product," he said. "And it
turns out it wasn't."
The Redskins are hoping Chamberlain will be ready for their game
against Tampa Bay on Sunday.
"He might be five, 10 pounds over his playing weight," coach
Steve Spurrier said. "But during his workout he ran very well."
Chamberlain worked out in Arizona during his suspension, but
said it might take a week or two to get back in full playing shape.
"There's no way to simulate actually going out there and
playing football," he said. "I can catch from a guy, but it's
nothing like catching from an NFL quarterback."
Chamberlain joined the Vikings in 2001 after six seasons with
Denver. He made the Pro Bowl after he set career highs with 57
catches for 666 yards and three touchdowns in his first season in
Minnesota, but his production slipped last season as he struggled
with injuries and conditioning.
The Redskins have had little production from their tight ends
this season. Flemister and Robert Royal have combined for just six
catches for 54 yards. Flemister, who missed two games with a
hamstring injury, had just one catch this season.