- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Amid confusion as to when Redskins quarterback Mark Brunell sustained a left shoulder injury that eventually required surgery this week, the team said this morning that Brunell was first hurt in the Week 9 Dallas game.

Brunell finished that game and played against Philadelphia the next week before he was benched in favor of Jason Campbell for the final seven games. At the time of the switch, coach Joe Gibbs did not say the move was in any way injury-related.

The team also said Brunell missed no practice time with the injury.

Brunell had labrum surgery earlier this week and his recovery time is expected to be four to five months.

The big picture: This almost guarantees Brunell will be back with the Redskins next season. He said last month he wanted to look for a starting job, but that’s out the window because of the surgery. I’m predicting that he re-works his contract to lower his cap number and returns as Campbell’s backup.

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