Mitchell still upset

Linebacker Kevin Mitchell remains miffed that Washington has replaced him in the middle. He also knows there's nothing he can do about it. So he shows up, works hard and waits for another chance. And he stews.

Mitchell started 13 games last season and thought he had played well. Yet the Redskins jumped at the chance to sign Pro Bowl middle linebacker Jeremiah Trotter last month.

The Redskins could release Mitchell or trade him. Either move he would probably welcome, giving him a chance to compete for a starting job elsewhere. Thing is, Mitchell is an inexpensive ($712,500 against the cap this season) and experienced backup. Plus he's a strong special teamer.

But that's not the role he wants.

''It bothers me every day but I can't control it,'' Mitchell said of his situation. ''It gnaws at me every day and it's hard to be out there, but you have to suck it up. I honestly think if I had been on a different team I wouldn't be in this situation. I felt I played well, but I can't control what happens on the other side of the building.''

Mitchell joined the Redskins two years ago, saying then-coach Norv Turner promised him a shot at the starting job. Instead, Turner declared any competition over early in training camp, giving the position to incumbent Derek Smith.

''I hope a door opens up for me that I have an opportunity to play,'' said Mitchell, who stayed after practice to run more sprints. ''It's frustrating to sit and have your job taken for no apparent reason. But I can't do anything about it. I just want to go out and keep working. You never know what can happen and you don't want anyone to say anything bad about you.''


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