Redskins Park Update: Wednesday

Corner Champ Bailey was named the NFC's Defensive Player of the Week, with good reason. In the 20-17 win over New England, Bailey intercepted a pass and forced a fumble. All while playing with a sore shoulder and a small fracture in his left wrist.

Here's the thing about Bailey: he always shows up. He's played in 68 straight games since the Redskins drafted him seventh overall in 1999.

``The only time I felt the pain is when I was on the sideline,'' Bailey said. ``That's nothing. You can't control your pain. But when I'm on the field I didn't feel it much. I don't take pride in just being tough. I take pride in not missing anything, always showing up and being accountable.''

``I'm prejudiced, but in my book there's no one better,'' Redskins defensive backs coach George Catavolos said.

Others agree: through one-quarter of the season, ESPN's Chris Mortensen listed Bailey as his choice for defensive player of the year.

. . . The Redskins were thrilled with a ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly today, who reversed an earlier finding by the U.S. Trial Trademark and Appeals Board that the Washington Redskins' trademarks may disparage Native Americans.

In short, judge Kollar-Kotelly said they waited too long.

She said the TTAB ruling was ``unsupported by substantial evidence, is logically flawed, and fails to apply the correct legal standard to its own finding of facts.'' She also found a survey flawed because it was ``focusing on the general public and inferring that the Native Americans would simply agree with those views.''

Redskins spokesman Karl Swanson said, ``This should have been filed 25 years ago [when there was first notice of the trademark]. . . .This took a fair amount of time and a tremendous amount of emotion. It was near the heart of many fans and it was paramount to Dan Snyder and his father, who was actively involved in the research of this case.''

. . . Left guard Dave Fiore did not practice, again, and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game at Philadelphia. Corner Rashad Bauman also did not practice because of a sore hamstring. He, too, is questionable.

. . . Don't look for the Redskins to shop for a veteran corner so they can dump Ade Jimoh. The rookie free agent has his fans in the organization. They like his smarts and athleticism. They also say he made a couple rookie mistakes, getting caught looking at the receiver's head against Atlanta. Against the Patriots, they say he got tangled up with the receiver as they ran downfield, but he let it throw off his concentration.

. . . Whether or not Redskins players listen to Rush Limbaugh on the radio is uncertain. But it's safe to say they think he's a bit off on TV, especially when it comes to Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb.

Speaking on ESPN last week, Limbaugh said, ``I don't think he's been that good from the get-go. I think what we've had here is a little social concern in the NFL. I think the media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well. They're interested in black coaches and black quarterbacks doing well. I think there's a little hope invested in McNabb and he got a lot of credit for the performance of his team that he really didn't deserve. The defense carried this team."

The Redskins disagreed.

``Who's Rush Limbaugh to make a statement like that,'' Redskins linebacker LaVar Arrington said. ``He needs to stay in his area of expertise because he's clearly out of it here. That's one of the most asinine comments a person can make and it showed his IQ level in football.''

Redskins coach Steve Spurrier said, ``He's one of the best in the league and last week he showed why. He ran with the ball. He moves around as part of his game and they had him move around last week. The first two games they had him in the pocket. They didn't give him all that money because he's an average quarterback.''


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