Redskins Park Notes: Brunell Back at Practice

Redskins Park Notes 12.29.05--Brunell will probably be playing, Williams may be staying.

...Quarterback Mark Brunell practiced today and remains probable for Sunday's game against Philadelphia. In reality, there hasn't been much doubt about whether or not he'd play. Brunell has responded well to treatment and has been walking fine. Now that he's practiced, all doubt should be removed.

...Wonder how teammates viewed LaVar Arrington's comments Wednesday? With a yawn, according to one player. They see this as LaVar being LaVar and didn't put much stock in his comments. They didn't like that he did the interview Monday, but they don't feel it will be a distraction. Nor does Gregg Williams.

And the general feeling is that this defense has played well without LaVar and will do so again. So there won't be much fretting if he's not here next year.

...Corner Carlos Rogers remains questionable, but for the second straight day worked on the field with trainers.

...Gregg Williams re-iterated today for people not to be surprised if he sticks around another year. Though many jobs will be open -- some of which would be highly appealing to him -- it's not a done deal that he'll leave.

...Running back Clinton Portis did it again. This time, he dressed up as the angel of Southeast Jerome, donned in an angel's outfit and a zebra-like mask with whiskers. And this time he brought along some friends in what he described as heaven.

There was Luscious, White Knight, Pied Piper Piccolo and Johnny White Guy. Rock Cartwright, Robert Royal, Chris Cooley, Ladell Betts and Nehemiah Broughton all dressed in outfits with him. Cooley had a furry pink tophat with a red nose.

''This is how we get down in heaven, you know,'' Portis cracked. ''Hopefully, Philly won't turn this into hell.''

Portis held a trophy in his hand as he spoke.

"The one in Detroit is even bigger, that's the one I'm trying to get," he said.

...Portis can also set a team record for rushing yards, while Santana Moss can set a record for most receiving yards in a season. Amazingly, the Redskins are one of only four teams without a 1,500 rusher in their history. Carolina, Cincinnati and the Houston Texans are the others. And only the Texans have a single-season rushing leader with fewer yards than Washington.

But Portis can change that Sunday. At 1,402 yards, he's 31 shy of setting a record. Moss, meanwhile, is 37 yards from breaking Bobby Mitchell's mark set in 12 games in 1963.

''I'm going to enjoy holding that record,'' Portis said. ''Obviously with all of those great names, yards are hard to come by around here. I would love to have that record.''


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