© St. Petersburg Times, published October 14, 2002
LANDOVER, Md. -- An oversized sheriff's van backed into a parking space within 2 feet of where Andrew Kasmer grilled hot dogs and hamburgers for his group of tailgaters.
Normally, Kasmer might have complained at the intrusion, but not this weekend. With a sniper at large in the area of the nation's capital, the security seemed welcome at Sunday's Redskins game.
Outside FedEx Field, police were on horseback and bicycles and patrol cars were scattered along the parking area perimeter. Police with marksmen's rifles were hidden.
Sniper ambushes have killed eight people and wounded two in Washington's suburbs the past two weeks. But more than 80,000 fans refused to allow the terror to interrupt their traditional pregame festivities.
Glancing at a sheriff's vehicle from Virginia, Dan Millwit of Potomac Falls, Va., a member of Kasmer's entourage, quipped: "We're in great shape now."
The increased security was visible at the stadium, 10 miles from a school where the sniper shot a 13-year-old boy, one of the two seriously wounded victims to survive his attacks.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Jacksonville quarterback Mark Brunell said he should face Baltimore next week despite getting a concussion in the first quarter of a 23-14 loss to Tennessee.
"From what I can tell, we're only going to miss out on one guy next week, and that's Mo," Brunell said of right tackle Maurice Williams, who broke his right leg.
Brunell, who had a concussion last season against the Browns, was knocked out of bounds by cornerback Samari Rolle at the right sideline as he threw away the ball. Brunell returned for the next series and completed two passes before his head hurt too much to keep playing.
BENGALS: Middle linebacker Brian Simmons was limited to passing downs because of a jammed left shoulder.
CHARGERS: Pro Bowl linebacker Junior Seau started after missing last week's loss at Denver with a sprained ankle, but left early in the third quarter with a foot injury. Pro Bowl defensive end Marcellus Wiley sat out with two strained groin muscles.
CHIEFS: Coach Dick Vermeil said defensive tackle Ryan Sims, the team's first-round draft pick, broke an elbow. Sims said it was dislocated.
COWBOYS: Running back Emmitt Smith had 59 yards, leaving him 175 from passing Walter Payton to become the league's career rushing leader.
FALCONS: Coach Dan Reeves said he thinks the team lost rookie linebacker Will Overstreet for the season with a shoulder injury.
GIANTS: Dusty Zeigler played for the first time since having surgery on his right knee in January. Usually a center, Ziegler started at right guard for Jason Whittle, out with back spasms. ... Defensive tackle Keith Hamilton tore his right Achilles' tendon in the first quarter against Atlanta and will miss the rest of the season. Minutes later, defensive end Michael Strahan walked off with back spasms but the league's single-season sack leader returned in the third quarter.
LIONS: Mikhael Ricks left with a groin injury.
PACKERS: Offensive tackle Chad Clifton left with a possible injury to a ligament in his right knee, coach Mike Sherman said.
PANTHERS: Quarterback Rodney Peete didn't play the second half because of a concussion. The Panthers wouldn't confirm when the concussion occurred but Peete was slow coming off the field after being hit following a completed pass on the final play of the first half. Coach John Fox said Peete was scheduled for an MRI today. Also, safety Jarrod Cooper left in the first half with a sprained left knee and linebacker Dan Morgan was out with a strained left groin.
RAMS: Offensive lineman Grant Williams broke his lower right leg and dislocated his right ankle. On the first play of the second quarter it appeared an Oakland defender and Rams quarterback Marc Bulger rolled onto Williams during a sack.
SAINTS: Linebacker Charlie Clemons hurt his groin and cornerback Michael Hawthorne hurt his lower leg.
TRADE: The Chargers got guard Kelvin Garmon from the Cowboys for an undisclosed pick in next year's draft. To open a spot, San Diego released receiver Eric Parker.