- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 26, 2001

Washington Redskins defensive end Marco Coleman and linebacker LaVar Arrington each are expected to miss at least two weeks because of injuries suffered in Monday's 37-0 loss at Green Bay.
Coleman, in fact, could miss more than a month while recovering from a dislocated left elbow, team sources said yesterday. Arrington said he has a Grade II sprain, or partial tear, in the MCL of his right knee, meaning he easily could miss 2-to-4 weeks.
The injuries are a serious blow to the defense, which has been the Redskins' only strong point in an abysmal start under coach Marty Schottenheimer. The unit kept Washington (0-2) in Monday's game, limiting the Packers to 13 points through 2-1/2 quarters before buckling as the offense continued to stall.
Defensive tackle Kenard Lang could move to his natural end position to replace Coleman on the left side, Schottenheimer said. Lang has played well at tackle despite being undersized for the position at 280 pounds. However, Schottenheimer thinks Lang's experience at end makes for a natural transition. Young Delbert Cowsette or Jerry DeLoach would start at tackle.
Coleman, a team captain, left Redskin Park early yesterday afternoon with his arm still in a sling. He did not know how serious the injury was but said he felt significant physical and mental pain.
"I feel like [expletive], in every sense of the word," Coleman said. "It's one of those days of getting hurt, and the way we lost, it makes you feel helpless."
Coleman could miss 4-to-6 weeks. Of that prospect he said, "I sure hope not, but [coaches have] got to wait until I can push around 350-pound guys."
Coleman also is faced with the likelihood of playing the rest of this season against heavier offensive linemen with a weakened elbow joint. Playing with a cast isn't much of a consolation, he added.
Arrington, meanwhile, called his injury "pretty serious." He said the MCL wasn't fully torn and that his ACL wasn't damaged, either of which could have meant a lengthy absence. But he, like Coleman, was disheartened by being injured and losing on the same night.
"All I can do is apologize to the people of Washington, D.C.," Arrington said. "Our performance I don't know what [the problem] is. I can't put a finger on it. At this point I just apologize that we're not representing our city better than we are."
Undrafted rookie Antonio Pierce, who filled in for Arrington on Monday, will start at strongside linebacker.
Schottenheimer had no update on the knee injury to cornerback Donovan Greer, who appeared to suffer a torn ACL on Monday. The coach also was vague about guard David Brandt, who was inactive with a sprained knee he sustained while starting the opener. Schottenheimer did say Brandt could have played at Green Bay.
The disappointment of being outscored 67-3 in Weeks 1 and 2 appeared to be setting in. Defensive end Bruce Smith even acknowledged thinking more about retirement. The future Hall of Famer, who ranks second all-time in the NFL with 181 sacks, signed with the Redskins in February 2000, hoping to win the Super Bowl he never captured in 15 years with the Buffalo Bills. Now his career seems to be coming to an unfitting end.
"We all think about our careers being over at some time, but I guess I'd be lying if I didn't say the way the last two weeks have gone, it has crossed my mind," Smith said.
Smith remains the all-time sack leader on "Monday Night Football," having recorded 24* on the league's weekly showcase. Obviously, the 37-0 loss provides a memory of a different sort.
"It's embarrassing. It's depressing. It leaves such a filthy taste in your mouth," Smith said. "Thank God it's a short week [to prepare to play the Chiefs]."
Smith wouldn't elaborate on his retirement musings but recalled the Redskins' radical change in fortune since he signed a five-year, $25 million contract.
"It was a different regime when I came from Buffalo," Smith said. "When I came they were ranked No. 2 in total offense [in 1999]. That was one of my reasons for coming. Another reason was they needed help defensively, and I thought I could give them help defensively. Plus it was a grass field and pretty much like a homecoming [to Norfolk]. But, no, this is not any resemblance of the way I want this thing to possibly be wrapped up."
Also, defensive end David Bowens was waived. Bowens, 24, signed as a free agent Sept. 3 and was inactive for both regular season games.

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