- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 31, 2001

Washington Redskins cornerback Darrell Green might start his third straight game Sunday because cornerback Fred Smoot remains questionable with a bruised leg.

Smoot managed to do only conditioning drills yesterday, and it was uncertain whether he would practice today. If Smoot can't practice by tomorrow, he'll be limited to a minor role at best against the visiting Seattle Seahawks Sunday.

Last year Green lost his starting job of 17 seasons to Deion Sanders and this year lost a close competition to Smoot. However, the plan from the start was for Green to still get significant time in passing situations. Starting in place of Smoot in the last two games, he delivered several big hits and nearly fought with New York Giants receiver Joe Jurevicius last Sunday despite a 7-inch, 43-pound disadvantage.

Starting during the team's first three-game homestand since November 1987 has been special for Green. After announcing that he'll retire at season's end, Green has spent the final season of his 19-year career tutoring successor Smoot and relishing one last chance to make big plays.

"[Teammates] are saying, 'Look at that old man go,'" Green said jokingly. "I think it's very important for me to embrace my role. If you don't, you can't enjoy it."

Coach Marty Schottenheimer forced Green to play farther off the ball during the preseason but remains impressed with the latter's play.

"Darrell's proven he can still be a winning performer," Schottenheimer said. "He takes a lot of pride in what he does, and he does it extremely well. He's been a tackling machine."

Meanwhile, tight end Stephen Alexander said he won't play until at least Nov. 18 against the Denver Broncos after already missing two games with a high ankle sprain. Defensive end Dorian Boose is doubtful after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery Oct. 25.

No sissy boy

Quarterback Tony Banks said yoga exercises have improved his play, especially passing to the left.

"It was something I used to think was a little [feminine]," Banks said. "I heard a lot of good things about it. I was short on a lot of throws to my left [in the past]. I have not been guilty of that this year."

Jones stays outside

Robert Jones has moved from middle to outside linebacker and should play more than Antonio Pierce.

Schottenheimer wouldn't name an outright starter, but Jones' move and increased time over the past two weeks basically add up to a starting role.

Jones narrowly lost the preseason competition to middle linebacker Kevin Mitchell and played sparingly over the first month. However, outside linebacker Shawn Barber was lost for the season with a knee injury after three games and Pierce was slowed by a strained groin. Jones is familiar with the outside, where he played for Miami (1998-2000). Schottenheimer said versatility and instincts were the reasons the Redskins signed Jones in May.

"When guys are playing well, coaches don't make many changes," Jones said.

"Mitchell was playing pretty well. When you get an opportunity to play, then that's when you show them what you can do and let them make adjustments."

Jones received the game ball from teammates for his four tackles after the victory over the Giants. The team also honored running back Stephen Davis (offense) and punt returner Eric Metcalf (special teams).

Extra points

Six Redskins from the 1991 Super Bowl champions have been nominated for the Hall of Fame. "Hogs" offensive linemen Joe Jacoby, Jim Lachey and Russ Grimm, linebackers Matt Millen and Wilber Marshall and receiver Art Monk, along with former defensive tackle Dave Butz, seek to be among the 14 finalists for the Feb. 2 vote. Former coach George Allen is an expected inductee after he was nominated by the Seniors Committee. …Defensive tackle Kenard Lang recalled that his favorite Halloween costume was when he posed as a cross-dresser for a high school prank.

"It's [noticeable] to see someone 6-5, 280 wear some Daisy Duke shorts with a halter top, a wig and lipstick, but that was high school," Lang said.

• Staff writer David Elfin contributed to this story.

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