A Renewed Brunell Leads Redskins

Redskins Park, Ashburn, VA 10.19.05--Many wrote Mark Brunell off, but we hope they didn't use permanent markers. Plus Wednesday's injury report.

...Injury report: S Ryan Clark (spleen) and DT Cedric Killings (ankle) are questionable. But Clark practiced today. RB Clinton Portis (calf), C Casey Rabach (ankle), CB Carlos Rogers (ankle), DT Joe Salave'a (foot), RB Ladell Betts (groin), K John Hall (quad), and CB Shawn Springs (shin) are probable. But Portis, Rabach, Rabach and Salave'a did not practice.

Hall did attempt some kicks and coach Joe Gibbs said they'll wait until later in the week to make a decision on whether or not he'd be available Sunday. Chances are, if he gets to Friday or Saturday and his leg feels fine after a couple days of kicking, then he'll kick.

For San Francisco: CB Ahmed Plummer (ankle), LB Saleem Rasheed (knee) are out; T Jonas Jennings (shoulder) and WR Arnaz Battle (knee) are doubtful; DB Derrick Johnson (thigh), CB Willie Middlebrooks (groin) and LB Julian Peterson (hamstring) are questionable; C Jeremy Newberry (knee) is probable. Of this group, only Johnson and Middlebrooks practiced.

...Give quarterback Mark Brunell credit for staying confident during the past two seasons, his last in Jacksonville and his first in Washington. Many wrote him off. I hope they used pencils.

''You know if you can play and you know when it's time to quit,'' Brunell said. ‘'Most quarterbacks will tell you that. I just have felt that I could still play at this level. And I know full well that I need 10 good players out there with me. I guess it's confidence and I still enjoy the game. I still like to compete.

‘'I know the situation last year, but as difficult as it was I still felt I could play. And somehow, for what [the media] said, my weak arm turned into a strong arm. I just feel good.''

I always liked the way he handled himself last season in the face of very tough questions. And I like how he treats people the same now that he's doing well. Says a lot about him.

...One thing that's obvious: Brunell and the receivers have developed a real trust, something that didn't exist last season. And it's a main reason I think Brunell appears to be throwing harder. When you know the receivers will be at the right place and at the right time, a quarterback can unleash bullets. Don't overlook that as a reason for his success this season.

...Defensive end and Chicago native Renaldo Wynn seems to show up in a different White Sox jersey every other day. None today, but when the Sox resume playing, he'll be decked out in his throwback uniforms. Wynn grew up across the street from old Comiskey Park.


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