Daniels plans to return in '09

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A day after his season ended virtually before it started with a torn left ACL, Redskins defensive end Phillip Daniels was naturally downcast about 2008 but upbeat about playing next year.

“It’s tough,” said Daniels, noting that he cried when he was given the bad news after Sunday’s MRI. “I went through this offseason and trained as hard as I ever trained in my life. This was my year to come out and do some great things for this team and get this team to the Super Bowl. That hurts the most.

“I told the guys don’t feel sorry for me. The one thing you can do for me is get us to the Super Bowl and win it and I’ll be happy.”

Daniels, who has never advanced beyond the divisional round in his 12 seasons, wants another chance on the field but is realistic at 35.

“I’m not going anywhere,” Daniels said. “I’m not going to be done. I’m still going to play. I’ll rehab to come back. Everybody says I’m 36 next year, but I’m still young. I can still play. I felt great going into this year. I’m going to train hard to come back. Whether it be playing or coaching, I don’t know. Hopefully I get another opportunity to come back and finish my career on a high note, not end it this way. Do I want my career to end this way? I really don’t, but if it does end this way, I’ve had a great career. I’ve done a lot of good things.”

- David Elfin

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David Elfin

David Elfin

David Elfin has been following Washington-area sports teams since the late 1960s. David began his journalism career at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, the University of Pennsylvania (B.A., history) and Syracuse University (M.S., telecommunications). He wrote for the Bulletin (Philadelphia), the Post-Standard (Syracuse) and The Washington Post before coming to The Washington Times in 1986. He has covered colleges, the Orioles ...

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