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The Washington Redskins, 0-2 and without a touchdown, cut quarterback Jeff George today.

George failed to lead the offense to a single point in 6 1/2 quarters of play. The Redskins (0-2) have been outscored, 67-3, with the field goal coming with backup Tony Banks on the field.

George's 34.6 quarterback rating ranks last in the NFL. In two games, he completed 23 of 42 passes for 168 yards and three interceptions. He was sacked six times.

In the Redskins' season opener Sept. 9 against the Chargers, George and coach Marty Schottenheimer had an animated sideline discussion after Schottenheimer yanked George for Banks.

The team reportedly invited quarterback Kent Graham in for a workout.

George's teammates indicated they were losing faith in their quarterback.

"There's got to be some changes," defensive end Bruce Smith said Monday. "By no means am I pointing fingers, but we can't survive on an average of 1.5 points per game."

The Redskins signed George to a four-year $18.3 million contract in April 2000 to back up Brad Johnson, and took over the starting job at the end of last season.

Vikings sign Jones

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings signed former Buffalo safety Henry Jones to replace the injured Robert Griffith.

Jones, a first-round draft pick in 1991, played in 144 regular-season games for Buffalo. He started 129, including 61 straight games from 1997 through last season.

He recorded 100 or more tackles in each of his last four seasons.

The Bills cut Jones on Sept. 2. Terms of his deal with the Vikings were not announced.

Griffith broke his leg on the opening kickoff of the Vikings' 17-10 loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday, ending his streak of 70 straight starts.

"With the six- to eight-week injury to Robert Griffith, we look for Henry to give us an experienced veteran in the secondary," coach Dennis Green said. "The success that Henry had as a starter on some of the best defenses in the National Football League makes him a great addition."

Around the league

Drew Bledsoe's doctors determined his organs were not damaged on a tackle that caused internal bleeding in his chest. The Patriots' quarterback still was expected to miss at least two games, but he could be released from the hospital as soon as today.

Raiders center Barret Robbins has torn anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his right knee, which could keep him out the rest of the season. Reconstructive surgery is scheduled for today at a Bay Area hospital, agent Drew Pittman said.

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