- The Washington Times - Friday, October 19, 2001

Washington Redskins tight end Walter Rasby wants more than the thankless task of blocking. With Stephen Alexander out several weeks with a sprained ankle, Rasby also will become a receiver against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.
Rasby caught 34 passes for 264 yards and three touchdowns with Pittsburgh (1994), Carolina (1995-97) and Detroit (1998-2000) before signing with Washington on April 10. Rasby (6-foot-3, 261 pounds). who replaced both tight end James Jenkins and fullback Mike Sellers as the heavyweight blocker, hasn't caught a pass over the team's 0-5 start after having a touchdown reception in the preseason.
"I do one thing well and my teammates want to run behind me, so I take pride in that," he said. "But when the ball comes my way, I want to get it. I like to display other talents once in awhile."
Alexander's pass-catching role will be handled by Rasby and tight end Zeron Flemister. There should be a few opportunities between them.
"We haven't changed the offense at all, so there's a lot of things for the tight end," quarterback Tony Banks said. "So if Walter gets open, he gets the ball. This is his opportunity to be two-dimensional. Everyone knows he's a heck of a blocker."

Arrington cleared
The NFL won't penalize linebacker LaVar Arrington for a helmet-on-helmet hit against Dallas quarterback Anthony Wright on Monday night. The league called the contact "incidental" after Wright was pushed into Arrington when linebacker Kevin Mitchell hit the passer.
Arrington was penalized three times: roughing the passer for the helmet hit, personal foul for piling on and a face mask.
"[Wright] got knocked into me and you're going to give me a personal foul?" Arrington said. "I thought there was a lot of questionable calls. They were so stupid that it didn't bother me. I'm going to just keep playing."
Arrington was especially incensed over the piling-on penalty after Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith was down.
"I know everybody's making a joke about it, but I did not hear a whistle blow," Arrington said. "That pile was still moving."
Meanwhile, Arrington serves daily penance while sitting between locker room crooners. Fullback Donnell Bennett and defensive ends Kenard Lang and Dorian Boose can belt out the oldies.
"I'm serenading LaVar with the sweet sounds of love," Lang said jokingly.

Knock on wood
Center Cory Raymer may carry a small piece of wood on his waist for good luck after feeling jinxed by Tony Banks against Dallas. Banks talked to Raymer about snaps in the opening huddle after several poor exchanges this season. Sure enough, Banks fumbled the opening snap.
"Tony goes, 'I know we're not thinking about it, but let's just make sure these snaps are down,'" Raymer said. "I have to bring some wood out there."
Raymer could have used some luck while bow hunting for deer Tuesday. He gained a poison ivy rash during the luckless venison pursuit in the rain.
"I was sitting out like a sponge just soaking it all up," Raymer said.

Extra points
Defensive ends Marco Coleman (dislocated elbow) and Bruce Smith (dislocated shoulder) probably need one more week to recover before returning against the New York Giants on Oct. 28. Coleman has missed three games and Smith nearly two. … Running back Kenny Watson was signed to the practice squad after being released from the active roster Tuesday. … Quarterback Sage Rosenfels will be inducted into the Jewish Hall of Fame in New York in March.

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