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Sunday, October 19, 2003
Redskins QB Ramsey bruises throwing hand


ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Redskins quarterback Patrick Ramsey ended his worst performance of the year watching from the sideline with a bruised right hand.

Ramsey hurt his throwing hand when he was sacked by Aaron Schobel with nine minutes left in Washington's 24-7 loss to the Bills on Sunday. Schobel's helmet hit Ramsey's hand, and the quarterback then fell hard, landing on his right elbow.

Ramsey complained of having difficulty gripping the ball and was attended to by the team's trainers before being ushered to the sideline.

Coach Steve Spurrier downplayed the injury.

"We don't think it's too severe," Spurrier said.

Ramsey will at least have additional time to rest as the Redskins (3-4) enter their bye week before returning to play at Dallas on Nov. 2.

The wait won't be much fun considering Ramsey finished 9-of-26 for 115 yards and one touchdown. That marked one of the worst outings in his two-year career, going back to last season when he was 10-of-24 for 135 yards against Green Bay.

"Coach, as we all are, is very upset I'm sure," Ramsey said. "We have the talent to be a playoff team and I think we are capable of winning games. But it starts with Dallas. We have to get a win and regain some momentum."

Ramsey's injury led to a curious homecoming for backup Rob Johnson, who was greeted by a cascade of boos from the sold-out Ralph Wilson Stadium crowd.

It was Johnson's first time back in Buffalo after the Bills released him following the 2001 season.

Johnson spent four years with the Bills and is best remembered for being part of a quarterback dispute by failing to outperform Doug Flutie. In addition to being injury-prone, Johnson was also criticized for holding on to the ball too long, which led to a reputation for being sack-prone.

Johnson was sacked by Schobel on his second play, and the crowd went wild.

He finished 1-of-3 for 4 yards and was sacked once. In two mop-up appearances this season, Johnson is 5-of-7 for 39 yards and been sacked three times in the 10 times he's dropped back to pass.

Johnson is in his first year with the Redskins after he served as a backup in Tampa Bay last season.