- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 4, 2001

Washington Redskins defensive tackle Jerry DeLoach and linebacker Antonio Pierce will be back in the starting lineup Sunday against the New York Giants despite the Redskins' dreadful defensive performance last week.

The Kansas City Chiefs ran up 546 yards last Sunday while DeLoach and Pierce made their first careers starts.

DeLoach was pulled after a first half that saw the Chiefs gain 147 rushing yards, often up the middle. But the Redskins will reprise Sunday's starting line with DeLoach at right tackle and Kenard Lang at left end as they continue to compensate for injured end Marco Coleman (dislocated elbow).

"Young players go through [what DeLoach experienced]," Redskins coach Marty Schottenheimer said yesterday. "We're going to give him every chance to bounce back because, number one, we think he's very capable of performing at the level he performed at earlier, and [number two] the last thing we want to do is have any adverse impact on his confidence."

Lang, who has stood out at both tackle and end, should play some tackle against the Giants. Recently signed Tyrone Williams probably will be the first end off the bench. Dorian Boose usually has that role but is suspended this week for making contact with an official during a scuffle Sept. 24 at Green Bay.

Pierce, an undrafted rookie, will start on the weak side after filling in for injured LaVar Arrington on the strong side last week. The weakside job opened when Shawn Barber suffered a season-ending ACL tear against the Chiefs.

Arrington, who sprained an MCL at Green Bay, is questionable. He ran and did some cutting while the Redskins practiced. He will try to practice today and was hopeful of being able to play against the Giants.

If he cannot go, veteran Robert Jones will play in his place. Jones was signed in the offseason to challenge Kevin Mitchell in the middle but suffered a sprained knee in the preseason finale. Jones knows the outside position, having spent the past three seasons there for the Miami Dolphins.

Meanwhile, Schottenheimer said he is prepared to stay long-term with Matt Campbell at right guard. Rookie David Brandt started the opener but sprained a knee that day and has not regained the job.

Among injuries, Coleman likely will not play. Fullback Donnell Bennett (toe), returner Michael Bates (heel), running back Stephen Davis (ankle) and wide receiver Michael Westbrook (hip) did not practice. Each is expected to return in the next two days and play Sunday.

Marty's concessions

Monday's meetings continued to resonate as Schottenheimer made several concessions to players. Among the verbal concessions was acknowledging that he hadn't fully explained why he wanted certain things done certain ways. And Schottenheimer now will allow veterans to lift weights after practice rather than before.

Thus extended the positive spirit of the meetings, which were players-only but also involved coaches at one point. Schottenheimer summed up the good cheer by saying, "This is fine, but now we have to go execute."

Extra points

Defensive end Bruce Smith criticized Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil, who said Sunday night that the Redskins weren't winning because Schottenheimer does not have enough talented players. Said Smith: "It was very unprofessional and very classless of him not knowing the situation and going by hearsay."

The Redskins signed two players, linebacker Donte Curry and defensive end Donovan Arp, both undrafted rookies from other teams' practice squads. Also, fullback Thad Buttone, one of Washington's final preseason cuts, joined the practice squad.

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