- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 13, 2001

It's not for first place, but the Washington Redskins are taking a playoff attitude against the Philadelphia Eagles at FedEx Field on Sunday.
Hoping to beat the NFC East leader for the second time in three weeks to gain a possible tie-breaking edge for the division title, the Redskins (6-6) can cut the Eagles' (8-4) lead to one game with three remaining. However, Philadelphia will clinch the division with a victory and a New York Giants loss to leave Washington scrambling for the final wild card.
"When you're 6-6 with four weeks to play, every week is going to be like a playoff week," said quarterback Tony Banks. "It's going to be electric out there."
In a rivalry often overshadowed by Dallas and New York, Philadelphia-Washington has been a series of brawls since the 1990 "Body Bag Game" at Veterans Stadium when the Redskins lost several starters in a 28-14 defeat. Eagles offensive tackle Tra Thomas speared linebacker LaVar Arrington in the Redskins 13-3 victory on Nov. 25 that caused both players to be fined.
Arrington dismisses the rematch as personal, but it is still a grudge match for many Redskins.
"I don't think it's going to go 12 rounds, but it's scheduled for 12. We'll see what happens," Arrington said. "I'll let you guys interpret that however you want to interpret that."
Said defensive tackle Kenard Lang: "Forgive, but don't forget. Any time you get a chance to help out your friend when somebody does something to him, it's like having your brother's back."
Don't expect the same defensive game where neither quarterback passed for 100 yards.
"I don't think you can expect to go in there and have the same numbers and everything be the same and you win," Banks said. "You can't expect to hold them to three points. You can't expect 13 points to win a ballgame in December."

Green unchanged
Cornerback Darrell Green refuted recent reports over reconsidering his retirement come season's end. Green said he is "comfortable" with his decision to end a team-record 19-year career.
"No, I'm not rethinking anything," Green said. "To play football, for me the last four or five years is beyond the ego of being a football player. Will I miss these guys? Yes, but I'm not one of these guys [who regrets retirement]. I'll be at home with my kids. I'm not a lost human being who doesn't know who he is."
Green conceded being overwhelmed by fan support since announcing his pending retirement on Sept. 4.
"Wherever we go people are not saying 'Congratulations on your retirement.' They're saying 'Please come back.' Any human being has to respond to that on some level," he said. "It feels good to be loved. It feels good to be sought after. It's like being a kid and being recruited. … I do have the right to appreciate [support] from the media, the team and most of all the community."
As for cornerback Fred Smoot saying Green talked of returning next year, Green said jokingly, "I was speaking as it relates to being the general manager or president of the team, not as a player."

Extra points
Running back Stephen Davis (flu), defensive end Bruce Smith (back spasms), fullback Donnell Bennett (sprained ankle) and tight end Stephen Alexander (sprained ankle) didn't practice. Only Alexander isn't expected against Philadelphia. …
Cornerback Central McClellion was signed to the practice squad with linebacker Chaz Murphy released. …
Receiver Michael Westbrook, cornerback Champ Bailey and cornerback Kato Serwanga (special teams) received game balls for the 20-10 victory over Arizona. Davis received a ball commemorating his team-record third 1,000-yard season. …
Tight end Marco Battaglia probably won't play until Dec. 23 against Chicago, but Schottenheimer expected him to contribute regularly over the final three games. Battaglia was claimed off waivers ahead of New England and Pittsburgh on Tuesday after six years with Cincinnati. Schottenheimer wanted a veteran backup and special teamer while Alexander recovers.
"You have a guy who is a solid tight end and very good special teams player," Schottenheimer said, "and you can find places for somebody like that." …
Arrington is sponsoring a Christmas party for 50 District children on Saturday. Several Redskins and Washington Wizards will attend.

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