Brunell's Knee Better Than Expected

While Mark Brunell refused to make any predictions about his status for Sunday's game, indications are that he will play.

....Quarterback Mark Brunell was walking much better than he was after the Giants' game Saturday and he'll likely play at Philadelphia on Sunday. Brunell had an MRI Monday, which revealed no tear. His swelling has subsided.

‘'Every day it will get a little bit better,'' Brunell said. ‘'I anticipate it getting better, but I'm certainly not going to make any predictions.''

Brunell might sit out a practice or two, but can get done what he needs to in the walk-throughs, when the game plans are first installed.

The Redskins would be comfortable if Patrick Ramsey has to play, especially against the depleted Eagles. Also, if they continue to hammer the run as much as they have of late -- and they will -- then it lessens the burden on the quarterback. Ramsey plays much better when the Redskins are in control of the tempo, as do most quarterbacks.

But the plays Brunell makes at times are difficult for Ramsey, such as the third-and-fourth flip to Robert Royal in which Brunell stepped up and to his right to avoid pressure. Royal turned it into a first down and it led to a touchdown.

‘'It's when [a play] isn't there, what does your quarterback do?'' Redskins coach Joe Gibbs said. ‘'Does he panic, get a sack, throw an incompletion; does he throw an interception? Mark has played well in that situation all year. That's one of the most important things a quarterback does for you.''

...The Redskins aren't counting on an easy game in Philly, nor are they expecting Dallas to lose at St. Louis.

‘'We take it as a given,'' Gibbs said of a Dallas win.

...Rush end Chris Clemons (knee) will miss at least a couple of weeks after suffering a sprain Saturday. His season could be over.

...Corner Carlos Rogers (biceps) has a chance to play this week, if he can increase the motion in his arm.

...Safety Matt Bowen (knee) likely will be able to play.

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