- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 16, 2005

The injury-depleted Washington Redskins defense received three pieces of good news yesterday with the training camp debuts of linebacker LaVar Arrington, tackle Brandon Noble and cornerback Carlos Rogers.

All three passed physicals yesterday morning, were removed from the active/physically unable to perform list and went through individual and team work during a 90-minute workout at Redskin Park.

“It’s exciting for me because we’re getting guys back who are high-quality players and have been missing for a while,” coach Joe Gibbs said. “Hopefully that continues at the pace we want it to and these guys can get ready to actually play pretty quick.”

Arrington and Noble aren’t expected to play Friday against Cincinnati, but Rogers said he will be available.

Arrington’s knee problems started in last year’s opener and resulted in two surgeries — in September and April.

Yesterday, Arrington did all of the 1-on-1 drills and played two snaps during the 9-on-9 portion of practice.

Arrington did not stop for interviews except to say: “What is there to talk about? It’s a great day. I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself. It’s one practice, one play at a time. It was a new experience, but I was pretty excited.”

Said linebackers coach Dale Lindsey: “LaVar was ragged, like a guy who hadn’t practiced, like a guy coming off knee surgery. He was supposed to do an ‘X’ amount, and that’s what we let him do. Last year, he jumped into some things, and we didn’t help him, so this year we’re going to make sure that it’s going to be done [conservatively].”

Noble underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in April and developed a staph infection. For six weeks after the operation, he was not allowed to do anything physical.

“It was good to get hit,” said Noble, whose goal is to play Aug.26 against Pittsburgh. “It’s always nice when you’ve gone through something like [the injury] to get to that first double team, that first shot from one of the big fellows and know you’re OK.”

“Brandon was fine,” defensive coordinator/line coach Greg Blache said. “We wanted to let him feel comfortable that he was healthy, and he responded well.”

Rogers, drafted ninth overall by the Redskins in April, twisted his ankle while working out in Alabama and aggravated the injury during minicamp. An MRI revealed an old stress fracture and bone bruise.

“I did better than I thought I would,” Rogers said. “I really don’t have any limitations. I just have to get my wind back and come out of certain breaks a little better.”

Rogers worked with the first-team defense opposite cornerback Shawn Springs.

“For the first day out, it wasn’t bad,” cornerbacks coach DeWayne Walker said. “He’s going to have a little rust, but [today] will be the key day. With Walt [Harris] having the calf strain, I told Carlos, ‘Let it rip.’”

The return of Arrington, Noble and Rogers left the Redskins with only five sidelined players: safety Tony Dixon (hamstring), cornerbacks Walt Harris (calf strain) and Artrell Hawkins (ankle), receiver Taylor Jacobs (toe) and offensive lineman Mark Wilson (lower back strain).

Defensive linemen Cornelius Griffin (shoulder) and Phillip Daniels (wrist) and cornerbacks Shawn Springs (hamstring) and Garnell Wilds (thigh bruise) — all inactive Saturday — returned to practice.

Jacobs hasn’t practiced since Aug.6.

“I’m walking a lot better, but it will be a push to get in [Friday’s game],” he said.

The Redskins released offensive lineman Adrian Gonzalez, leaving 88 players on the roster.

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