Arrington isn't the new guy, obviously, but after missing the first two weeks of camp -- not to mention 12 games last season -- it just feels that way. But Arrington returned to camp today, along with defensive tackle Brandon Noble and rookie corner Carlos Rogers.
Rogers, coming off a sprained ankle in June, is clearly the farthest along and said he'll play in Friday's preseason game against Cincinnati. Arrington and Noble have a better shot at playing against Pittsburgh the following week.
''Saturday was the last game I'll be watching,'' said Rogers, who worked with the first unit in full-team drills, doing a nice job of covering Santana Moss.
Arrington had little to say afterward, other than ''it's a great day . . . I'll take it day by day . . . I'm pretty excited; I felt pretty good.''
Like the other two, he performed all the individual work as well as getting in for some nine-on-nine work, where he lined up as a left end. He only was on the field for two plays and the Redskins want to see how his knee responds Tuesday. Arrington lined up with mostly third stringers.
''I'm pleased with what I saw,'' director of sports medicine Bubba Tyer said. ''He's done everything we've asked him to do and he's done it well. The plan is to bring him along slowly.''
Noble's big problem at this point is conditioning. He missed time after suffering a staph infection stemming from knee surgery in April. Noble played with the starters in some of the team drills.
‘'I'm limited,'' Noble said. ‘'They won't let me go too crazy and play too much. But I've got a couple weeks left [before the season opener] so I'm not worried. . . It feels good [to be back]. Sitting around and watching gets old. Running sprints gets real old. To be back on the field was a relief.''
. . . CB Shawn Springs (hamstring), DT Cornelius Griffin (shoulder), CB Garnell Wilds (thigh) and end Phillip Daniels (wrist) also practiced today. CB Walt Harris (strained calf) and RT Mark Wilson (strained lower back) did not practice. It's uncertain when they'll return.
. . . Safety Sean Taylor lined up with the first unit all day. To which we say: it's about time.
. . . Matt Bowen and Omar Stoutmire stayed on the field a good 10 extra minutes working with safety coach Steve Jackson.
. . . Defensive lineman Charles Howard ran sprints afterward then did situps for at least several minutes before heading to the locker room.
. . . It's amazing to watch how fast the D-linemen go in their individual drills. One thing this unit has is excellent leadership from Daniels, Renaldo Wynn, Cornelius Griffin and Noble. This group goes full-speed when doing things such as running over six bags on the ground. Though they looked to be going all out, at one point they gathered in a circle and Griffin barked at them to go harder. And they did.
During this time, Greg Blache watched silently. He didn't have to say anything.
. . . Linebacker Lemar Marshall irked his position coach, Dale Lindsey. In a drill designed to work on covering backs out of the backfield, Lindsey wanted his players to place their hands properly on the back. Marshall kept putting his hands up by the shoulder pads. Lindsey, who had told them to get them much lower, snapped at him.
. . . OL coach Joe Bugel shouted at RT Jon Alston during one-on-one work with the defensive linemen. After getting abused by Ron Warner, Bugel yelled at Alston, ''Put some force into it!'' On the next play, Warner spun around Alston again.
. . . Bugel later worked on hand thrust with Derrick Dockery. Earlier, Buges had gotten on Dockery for almost jumping into the defensive lineman rather than thrusting.
Who's the New Guy? Arrington, Noble, Rogers back
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