Hapless 'Skins Bench Frerotte

The winless Washington Redskins flip-flopped quarterbacks again Monday.

Gus Frerotte, who has made just two starts this season, will be replaced by backup Trent Green for Sunday's game against the New York Giants.

"We spent the week thinking about it and going through the different scenarios, and right now I just think where our offensive football team is, this is just the best chance to have success," said coach Norv Turner whose Redskins (0-7) are off to their worst start since the 1961 team opened 0-9.

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The reeling Redskins couldn't even survive their bye Sunday without mishap. High-priced free agent defensive tackle Dana Stubblefield injured his right knee walking down some steps at his home.

Stubblefield's injury didn't appear to be serious, but he sat out Monday's practice, the Redskins' first workout after three days off.

Redskins trainer Bubba Tyer said Stubblefield has some fluid in the knee and might have suffered a pinched miniscus.

As for the quarterback situation, Turner benched Frerotte for the second time this season in favor of Green.

Frerotte, in his second year of a four-year $18 million contract, was yanked for Green midway through the season-opener against the Giants.

Green went 0-5 as a starter before being replaced by Frerotte in the second-half of the Redskins' 17-12 loss to the then-winless Philadelphia Eagles in Week 6.

Frerotte started the following week but struggled in a 41-7 loss to the undefeated Minnesota Vikings. Frerotte was 10-of-26 for 117 yards and one interception.

"There are a lot of factors," Turner said. "You guys saw the Minnesota game. Gus struggled. Hey, we struggled as an offense."

The Redskins are 27th i the NFL in quarterback protection, having allowed 33 sacks in seven games. Frerotte, less agile than Green, was sacked five times by the Vikings and has been dropped 12 times in seven-plus quarters of action.

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