- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 2, 2005

LaVar Arrington’s re-emergence on the Washington Redskins defense could include a starting assignment Sunday night against Philadelphia.

Arrington played nearly 50 snaps in Sunday’s 36-0 loss to the New York Giants and recorded four tackles. In the first half, he played primarily when the Redskins used a 3-4 alignment but played almost the entire second half at outside linebacker in the 4-3 package, replacing Warrick Holdman.

Arrington bottomed out against Denver and Kansas City when he played no defensive snaps. But he had seven solo tackles against San Francisco, and the coaching staff has lauded his improvement in practice.

“I’m working to get better — I’ll let the coaches worry about [who starts], and I’ll worry about making sure my body is OK and getting a head start on knowing the Eagles better,” Arrington said yesterday at Redskin Park. “I just want to be ready if my number is called.”

Considering the Redskins’ lack of health on the defensive line, Arrington could see time at defensive end in passing situations and both the 4-3 and 3-4 packages.

Arrington agreed that the Eagles game — both teams have 4-3 records — should be called critical.

“This is the Beast of the East coming in here,” he said. “They’ve proven year after year that they’re the team you have to beat. Coming off a loss like ours, if we were playing Joe Schmo’s team, it would be a defining point for this team because of the way we lost.”

Healthy on offense

As banged up as the Redskins are on defense, the offense has enjoyed solid health. Nine players have started all seven games, and receiver David Patten and quarterback Mark Brunell have started six games. And Patten didn’t start against Seattle because the Redskins used a two-tight end formation.

On defense, seven players have started every game. Sean Taylor is the only defensive back to start every game.

Practice squad moves

The Redskins signed linebacker Nick McNeil and offensive lineman Ikechuku Ndukwe to their practice squad yesterday and released linebacker Zak Keasey and defensive lineman Lynn McGruder.

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