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Monday, October 27, 2003
Updated: October 28, 8:57 AM ET
Wuerffel says no, headlining another whirlwind day for Redskins

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ASHBURN, Va. -- Danny Wuerffel won't be rejoining the Washington Redskins, leaving coach Steve Spurrier in a bind if he needs to play a backup quarterback Sunday against Dallas.

After a tumultuous bye week, the uncertainty at Redskins Park continued on many fronts Monday with the Wuerffel announcement; yet another minor roster move; the news that top running backs Trung Canidate and Ladell Betts probably will miss the Cowboys game; and the possibility troubled defensive lineman Darrell Russell, waived by Oakland, could be on the way to help strengthen the front four.

Adding to the day's confusion was Spurrier's description of what he plans with the offense. The coach, who visited owner Dan Snyder's house Saturday for a dinner-plus-strategy session, backed off somewhat from statements last week indicating he plans to return to the wide-open passing offense he used at Florida.

Whatever happens, it won't happen with Wuerffel. After releasing Rob Johnson last week, Spurrier wanted his former Heisman Trophy winner from Florida to return as the backup for Patrick Ramsey.

Wuerffel said no, preferring to remain with his expectant wife and continue ministry work in New Orleans.

"Danny sort of said, `Hey, I've had enough of that football," Spurrier said.

Spurrier was unhappy when Snyder cut Wuerffel before the start of the season, leaving the team with just Ramsey and Johnson. Johnson and Spurrier never hit it off, so now the only alternatives if Ramsey gets hurt are two players who have never thrown a pass in the NFL: newly signed Tim Hasselbeck and practice squad rookie Gibran Hamdan.

"Yeah, we're in a bind," Spurrier said. "But we don't think it's much different than the bind we were in to start with, to tell you the truth. It just seemed like Rob struggled in our offense."

Spurrier said Hasselbeck is working hard to learn the offense, but he won't be ready by Sunday.

"If we had to play one of our backup guys, it'd be just to try to get through the ball game," Spurrier said.

That's a real possibility. Ramsey has been sacked 22 times and had to leave the last game early with a bruised hip and throwing hand.

The running back situation is just as dicey. Betts won't play Sunday because of a broken arm, and Spurrier said Canidate is doubtful. The coach suggested he might use a mix of return specialist Chad Morton and fullback Rock Cartwright as his running game.

Also ruled out are cornerback Fred Smoot (broken sternum) and guard Dave Fiore (sore knee). Defensive tackle Jermaine Haley hopes to return with a modified cast on his broken thumb.

The Redskins also reversed a roster move they made last week, re-signing backup offensive lineman Brad Bedell and cutting lineman Mitch White. White was here for just three bye-week practices.

Meanwhile, Russell's suspension was lifted Monday by the NFL and the Raiders waived him. Russell also has been in legal trouble, but he's been to two Pro Bowls and could restore the kind of raw edge the Redskins had with Daryl Gardener last season.