Ryan Clark still missed

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Ryan Clark, who started at safety for the Redskins in 2004-05 and helped mold the late Sean Taylor into a Pro Bowl safety, sat out his return to Washington as a Pittsburgh Steeler on Nov. 3 because of a dislocated shoulder.

But Clark reminded me this week how much he’s missed by the Redskins’ press corps. As Washington began its drive for the playoffs in 2005, Clark picked off Donovan McNabb in the end zone to preserve a Sunday night victory over Philadelphia. Asked the next day how he celebrated a rare moment in the national spotlight, Clark talked about being humbled by having to fix a broken toilet when he got home in the wee hours. And when asked in December how his undersized body was holding up, Clark said he was more worried about his mother. We thought something was seriously wrong in the wake of Hurricane Katrina before Clark jokingly said it was her knees bending so much because she was getting up and down so often while praying for the Redskins to make the playoffs.

Anyway, here’s what Clark — who had his spleen and gall bladder removed last year following a bad blood reaction to Denver’s high altitude — had to about playing last week against Indianapolis with a harness to protec his shoulder

“It’s still attached,” Clark said. “Unlike my spleen and gall bladder, I still have one.”

Tough, witty guy that Ryan Clark.


— 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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