Redskins Report

Redskins linebacker LaVar Arrington figured to return against Green Bay on Sunday. But that was before he strained the same knee in practice this afternoon.

Arrington left practice early to see a doctor. But the Redskins say he'll be re-evaluated Tuesday and then they'll have a more definitive update on his status Wednesday. It's the same knee that needed surgery and sidelined him for four games. The Redskins stressed that it wasn't serious and they don't think it will impact whether or not he'll be available. At this point, Arrington would be questionable for Sunday.

Trainer Bubba Tyer also said Arrington needs to strengthen the quad around his knee, so that's a focus this week.

. . . Tyer said he expects linebacker Mike Barrow to practice Wednesday. Barrow will visit his doctor Tuesday. Redskins coach Joe Gibbs is getting antsy for Barrow's return. After practice today, Gibbs said if Barrow's not on the field Wednesday, they'd have to consider their alternatives with him, possibly placing him on injured reserve.

. . . End Phillip Daniels was limited in practice and will visit a doctor at Georgetown Hospital on Tuesday. The Redskins are bringing him along slowly.

. . . The Redskins remain uncertain about kicker John Hall's status for this weekend. But they're very pleased with Ola Kimrin, and were in the preseason.

. . . Gibbs welcomed the players back with a tough practice. As he headed into the trainer's room, Gibbs spotted Randy Thomas at the elevator and thanked him for working hard today. Then he said, ''I was rough on you guys today.'' To which Thomas just smiled an agreeing smile and laughed.

. . . Gibbs on Sunday's game: ''We'll have to play the game of our life. Green Bay is awfully good.''

. . . Can't imagine that Vaughn Parker will provide much immediate help. The offensive tackle is just now getting completely recovered from a knee injury that sidelined him for 13 games last season. He appeared to be out of shape and it makes you wonder just how much they wanted to get rid of Kenyatta Jones (whom they cut). This leaves the Redskins with 41-year-old Ray Brown and two rookies, Jim Molinaro and Mark Wilson, as the primary backups. Joe Bugel likes Molinaro a lot, but likes him more at left tackle. He clearly played better than Wilson this summer. Bugel also says Wilson has improved. That's a good thing because he didn't look terrific in the preseason, but much of that seemed to stem from fundamentals -- taking poor steps, etc.

As for Jones, it rids the Redskins of the poor character guys brought in last year, starting with players such as Byron Chamberlain and Darrell Russell. That's one big difference between the new coaching staff and the front office. Each of those three players were signed by the current front office, but none would have been signed had this staff been in charge a year ago.


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