The Washington Football Team has reunited with longtime former athletic trainer Bubba Tyer, at least for the time being, as the organization scrambles to fill out the duties typically carried out by Ryan Vermillion.
Vermillion, Washington's current head athletic trainer, was placed on administrative leave this week after his home and Washington's practice facility in Ashburn were raided by the DEA last Friday.
ESPN's John Keim, a longtime Washington scribe, was the first to spot Tyer on Wednesday, noticing Tyer standing alongside Norv Turner, who's a bit of a throwback himself. Turner is the father of offensive coordinator Scott Turner and coached the Redskins from 1994 to 2000. The elder Turner has been attending practices as of late as a consultant to Ron Rivera's coaching staff.
Per Grant Paulsen of 106.7 The Fan, Tyer was the first person Washington called in the frenzy to replace Vermillion.
Lamar 'Bubba' Tyer served as Director of Sports Medicine when he retired in Jan. 2009 after 37 seasons with the organization, spending 25 of those years as the team's head athletic trainer. It was his second stint with the organization after previously retiring in 2003. Tyer was called back into action when Hall of Famer Joe Gibbs returned as head coach in 2004.
Tyer first joined Washington's training staff in 1971, as a member of Hall of Fame coach George Allen's first staff. He was a part of five Super Bowl appearances and three Super Bowl-winning Redskins teams, notably working with future Hall of Fame players in Darrell Green, Ken Houston, Sonny Jurgensen, Art Monk, John Riggins, Charley Taylor, and Russ Grimm, in addition to the two Hall of Fame coaches.
Tyer was inducted into Washington's Ring of Fame at FedEx Field in 2003.