- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 9, 2005

Arrington ‘pretty good’

As his recovery from a knee injury continues, linebacker LaVar Arrington stopped for a rare — and brief — interview following yesterday’s morning practice. Arrington has yet to don pads during training camp and his activity is limited to conditioning and agility work during the opening 30 minutes of practice.

“It was pretty good,” he said of the workout. “I feel pretty good.”

Asked about the frustrations about not playing, Arrington sidestepped the query and asked, “I don’t read what’s written and I don’t pay attention to what people say. It’s still football [to me].”

Said trainer Bubba Tyer: “He’s improving. He’s getting closer. He ran his conditioning test (14 40-yard dashes) and passed it with flying colors. Tomorrow is heavy lifting day and if he looks good with that, we’ll talk to the powers that be about going through a limited practice.”

Spirited drill

The Redskins’ defense had a fun-to-watch, hard-to-do drill early in the morning practice. Five players would race around blocking pads and tackling dummies and sprint to grab three cones.

The two players who failed to grab a cone would have to do a series of the dreaded up-and-downs. Not surprisingly, players were going in an all-out sprint and diving head-first to grab the cones.

Do-it-yourself coaching

During the afternoon session, quarterbacks coach Bill Musgrave and assistant head coach Gregg Williams served as center and quarterback, respectively. Musgrave spent an early segment snapping out of the shotgun and then watching his quarterbacks roll out and throw. One field over, Williams was playing quarterback, 1 on 11, against the defense. He would purposely throw an interception and the defense would work on transitioning into blockers.

OVERHEARD

“A holder for some players is like a binky — you can give them the wrong one and they won’t like it.”

— Coach Joe Gibbs on the importance of a holder in the kicking game. Redskins snapper Ethan Albright and holder Tom Tupa have a combined 28 years of NFL experience.

BY THE NUMBERS

18 Number of Redskins players who are 30 or older. The latest to join the club was tight end Mike Sellers on July 31.

20 Years separating the oldest (Ray Brown, 42) and youngest Redskin (Sean Taylor, 22).

TODAY’S PRACTICE SCHEDULE

7 p.m. (Closed to public)

Ryan O’Halloran

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