Updated: October 23, 2003, 12:21 PM ETBy By Darrell Trimble | ESPN Insider
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: S John Lynch is listed as doubtful on the team's injury report, but he is prepared to play against Dallas this week. Lynch said his injury can be identified as either a stinger or burner, which flared up once before the Washington game Oct. 12 and again last Sunday against the Niners. There is nerve damage in his right shoulder and it is affecting his arm. While he waits for the nerve to "calm down,'' rest is the best remedy. "I have had it before,'' Lynch told the Tampa Tribune. "Unfortunately, now it has happened three weeks in a row, so that's the only reason you'd have to sit back for a week. I still have some hope that it will improve and we will see where that takes us Sunday.'' Washington Redskins: There's more trouble on the Beltway. There are rumblings that coach Steve Spurrier is losing his team. In a recent meeting of the special teams unit, coach Mike Stock was analyzing game video and began telling DL Ladairis Jackson what he did right on a play and what he did wrong. Finally, one of the Redskins spoke up and said of Jackson: "Coach, he's not here. He's been cut." It was then the players knew that Stock had no idea about the move and some suspected that Spurrier didn't either. "We have a head coach who starts sentences off with, `If it's O.K. with the owner, I'm going to ... 'do this and that before he talks about his actions and cuts, a head coach who doesn't know about players already cut, and now we're bringing in consultants in what is supposed to be his area of expertise," one Redskins player, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told the Washington Post. "How does that not negatively affect your other coaches, especially the coordinators, when you hire consultants in the middle of the season?" The Redskins, who have already lost three games in a row, could see their season nosedive if things don't get straightened out quickly. Pittsburgh Steelers: The team improved the depth on its thin offensive line Wednesday by signing veteran T Barrett Brooks, a second-round draft choice of the Philadelphia Eagles in 1995. "He was the best available player who was out there at this time," coach Bill Cowher told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "We'll see what contribution, if any, he will be able to make on Sunday." Brooks, (6'4", 325) was released by the New York Giants at the end of training camp this year after being out of football in 2001.