- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 16, 2004

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Washington Redskins linebacker LaVar Arrington was upgraded to probable yesterday, the most optimistic sign yet that he is ready to end his nearly season-long absence.

Arrington, who has missed the past 11 games after arthroscopic knee surgery and a bone bruise, said he practiced with the first-string personnel in certain defensive packages. He won’t start tomorrow at San Francisco but could be used for a few plays here or there.

Neither Arrington nor assistant head coach for defense Gregg Williams was willing to be too optimistic about the Pro Bowl linebacker’s status. It seemed as though both, after waiting three months for his return, are content to take the final stages of his rehabilitation slowly.

“I’m unassuming,” Arrington said. “I’m not setting myself up. I’m waiting until they tell me what they want.”

Said Williams: “We have packages up for him, and if he continues to practice we’ll see. It’ll be all the way up to game time. But he’s practiced well this week, and if he’s able to go, there will be some packages we’ll use him in.”

Arrington practiced two days this week, the same as he did last week before Sunday’s loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. But by late last week, coaches made clear they weren’t prepared to put Arrington in a game situation.

Among other injuries yesterday, defensive end Demetric Evans (ankle) was upgraded to probable after practicing again.

Jody Foldesy

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