- The Washington Times - Monday, August 6, 2001

George regains some zip on the ball

CARLISLE, Pa. Washington Redskins quarterback Jeff George took a step in the rehabilitation of his sore throwing arm yesterday, completing each of the drills at afternoon practice with reasonable zip on the ball.

George had not thrown more than just light tosses since Tuesday morning. Speculation was growing that his injury was serious, even though he and coach Marty Schottenheimer stressed that his inactivity was simply precautionary.

"It was good to get back out there again," George said. "I didn't really throw as hard as I would have liked to, but just gradually getting back into it is the key. Today was a good first day for me."

Schottenheimer will determine how much George will throw in today's two practices after seeing how George's arm reacts to the increased work.

Meanwhile, linebacker LaVar Arrington suffered a minor setback in his rehab of a bruised shoulder when it popped out of its socket during practice. Arrington appeared in pain, but he continued to participate and later brushed off the incident.

"I'm sure it's a setback on my recovery, but I'm not going to let it set me back," Arrington said. "I'm going to be out here. Going hard, too."

Running back Stephen Davis is practicing, but Schottenheimer is keeping an eye on his workload. Davis sat out some practices recently with a sore knee. Tight end Stephen Alexander, nursing a strained hamstring, still is not practicing but did some movement in yesterday's individual drills.

Boose signs

The Redskins acquired defensive end Dorian Boose, league sources said, to compete with Derrick Ham and recently signed Michael Bankston to back up Bruce Smith and Marco Coleman.

Boose, 27, played three seasons for the New York Jets after being a second-round pick by the club in 1998. He has a chiseled frame at 6-foot-5, 292 pounds, but he struggled in the Jets' 3-4 scheme and recorded just 14 tackles. It is believed he will improve in a 4-3 set, where his responsibilities will be more clearly defined.

Moore, Campbell lead

Second-year player Mookie Moore and free agent pickup Matt Campbell are leading the competition to start at guard. Moore is ahead of veteran Ben Coleman on the right side, while Campbell is in front of young Derrick Fletcher on the left.

The Moore-Campbell tandem played first string together yesterday, marking the first time the Redskins worked a young and old guard in the same unit. Previously Moore would pair with Fletcher and Campbell with Coleman as they rotated on first string.

"I would say [Moore and Campbell are] in the lead, but no final decisions have been made," Schottenheimer said.

Moore, 24, appears to have made significant progress from his rookie season. The previous coaching staff didn't want to play him until he developed more quickness and understood the schemes better.

Now, in terms of quickness, Moore seems to be getting out into space well. And yesterday he stayed after practice to work on his balance. Both he and tackle Chris Samuels, a close friend, said Moore improved his speed and agility by working this offseason with strength coach Dave Redding.

"I knew I kind of needed improvement in some areas," Moore said. "Right now, working after practice, I'm trying to improve everything I can."

Schottenheimer disagreed that Moore's quickness was lacking, saying, "I've never seen any evidence of a lack of quickness. I think uncertainty may have led some to think, 'Hey, he's not real quick.' I've never had any sense of that at all. He's very athletic for a big man."

Extra points

The Redskins had only one practice, and it was in shorts. The club now goes just once a day in pads. Explained Schottenheimer: "Now we're getting to where we're going to have to start playing some games, and you don't want to leave it all on the practice field." …

Ki-Jana Carter, Michael Bates and undrafted rookie Kenny Watson are the leading candidates to be the third-down back. Schottenheimer does not plan on using featured rusher Stephen Davis as that back, but Davis would not be precluded from participating on some third downs.

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