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In April 2005, after a second knee operation, Arrington criticized team officials for failing to support him during his injury. He also became involved in a dispute with Redskins owner Dan Snyder over a $6.5 million bonus Arrington said was missing from the final version of his contract.

The contract dispute was eventually settled, but Arrington had a hard time getting time on the field. He was used sparingly in the first six games of 2005 and didn’t play at all in a loss against Denver. There was a sense that Arrington didn’t fit well with defensive coordinator Gregg Williams’ disciplined schemes.

Arrington returned to the starting lineup, yet still was not an every-down player and did not have the impact of years past. He finished 2005 without a sack.

Mr. Poston told The Washington Times that Arrington’s Achilles tendon rehabilitation was coming along well.

“We were talking often about it and the progress he was making, [but] he was really waiting to get healthy and play out his rehab before looking at our options,” he said.

Arrington and wife Trishia have three children and live in Anne Arundel County. He also has a son from a previous relationship.

The news that Arrington was again hurt was disheartening to area fans.

“I’m not just sorry for him because he’s LaVar Arrington, but for anybody it’s a tragic situation,” said Steve Smith, 40, of Bowie. I also feel sorry for “his children, family and the people who love and support him.”

Said Geoff Williams, 37, of Northwest: “I’m just hoping he pulls through. I’m hoping it doesn’t end his career.”

{bullet} Regina Lee and Ryan O’Halloran contributed to this article, which is based in part on wire service reports.