Arrington: Odd Timing

Redskins Park Notes 12.28.05--A Washington Times story about LaVar Arrington's future with the Redskins--or lack thereof--raised Joe Gibbs' ire at Redskins Park today.

...LaVar Arrington picked a curious time to ponder his future. And that has coaches upset at Redskins Park. Apparently, he spoke with Joe Gibbs afterward and a source close to Arrington said the two are ''fine.'' Arrington has said the article in the Washington Times, discussing his future -- how he might retire or, at the least, how he'll be playing elsewhere next season -- misrepresented his views.

But considering he was quoted, it's hard to understand how that's the case. Arrington made a mistake by talking about this now. If the Redskins weren't in a playoff race, that's one thing. But they are; this could have waited.

Arrington has tired of how he's been treated by certain coaches, prompting his decision to speak now, a source said.

However, this is not a topic any coach wants to deal with in a big week. There's no doubt it hurts Arrington to think about life as another player. He desperately wants to stay here, which is the heart of his frustration. That doesn't mean others like anyone spouting off on topics unrelated to the game.

‘'Right now, for anybody in this organization – I would hope in the entire town -- to be focused on anything other than Philadelphia would be ridiculous,'' Gibbs said. ''We're getting ready to play the most important game that a lot of our players will play and I think at one of the extremely tough places to play. They just took the Giants to overtime. If we lose this game we're not going anywhere. So my mindset is on one thing, Philadelphia.''

...Quarterback Mark Brunell did not practice, but he's listed as probable on the injury report with a sprained knee. He's walking well and said he'd ''absolutely'' push himself harder to play in such a meaningful game.

...Meanwhile, Patrick Ramsey has handled his situation a bit differently than Arrington. Ramsey has not popped off once this season, even after his quick benching. He's talked about how tough it was for a couple weeks, but he didn't let on.

But Ramsey got his chance to contribute Saturday and took advantage, hitting five of seven passes, one for a 72-yard touchdown.

''It was fun to get out there and play,'' he said. ''I was glad to get an opportunity to help the team at a meaningful time. I hope for Mark -- he got us to this point -- that he's able to play.''

...Others on the injury list: Carlos Rogers (bicep) is questionable; left tackle Chris Samuels (ankle), corner Shawn Springs (groin), safety Matt Bowen (knee) and end Renaldo Wynn (foot) are probable.

For Philly: DE Jevon Kearse (knee), RB Reno Mahe (calf), WR Darnerien McCants (shoulder) and RT Jon Runyan (knee/quad) are questionable. None of them practiced today.

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