- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 15, 2002

CARLISLE, Pa. The Washington Redskins have regained defensive end Bruce Smith, but cornerback Darrell Green is out indefinitely and defensive tackle Daryl Gardener received a cortisone injection Tuesday for his ailing back.

Smith will make his preseason debut against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday after offseason arthroscopic surgery on both knees. However, Green is out with tendinitis in his right shoulder, and Gardener's return remains uncertain.

Smith will be limited after only practicing since Aug.6. However, the Redskins are hoping for a bigger pass rush with his return.

"I'm playing whether it's prudent or not," Smith said.

Green underwent an MRI following the morning practice after feeling pain over the past 10 days despite a cortisone injection last week. The Redskins rested Green in the afternoon and won't work him until determining the problem. However, he is not expected to miss much time.

"It's been irritating," he said. "I want to be on top of any issues I might have."

Gardener underwent therapy at training camp after meeting doctors on Tuesday and receiving a pain-killer in his lower back. Redskins trainer Dean Kleinschmidt said the injection was considered standard and Gardener was "a little better."

Gardener won't play against Pittsburgh, and team officials are unsure when he will practice after he suffered back spasms Tuesday. Gardener played briefly against Carolina last week after practicing one day. The Redskins signed Gardener to a one-year deal although he had two operations on a herniated disc since September 2000, causing him to miss 14 games over two seasons.

Meanwhile, linebackers LaVar Arrington and defensive tackle Carl Powell missed the afternoon practice because of dehydration. The heat index was 98 degrees during the morning workout and 101 in the afternoon.

"They shut my engines down for the second practice," Arrington said. "Nothing to be alarmed about."

Offensive tackle Chris Samuels no longer needed crutches after swelling in his sprained left ankle subsided enough to wear a shoe. Samuels is still expected to miss at least two games after injuring his ankle against Carolina.

"The pain is still there, but I feel a whole better than when I first injured it," he said.

Goodbye, Carlisle?

The Redskins won't decide whether to return to Dickinson College until November, but Spurrier hasn't changed his opening day stance that isolation isn't more beneficial than staying at Redskin Park.

"Haven't thought about [next year] whatsoever," he said. "Some of these guys don't know everybody on the team. They said that's always the way it is. When we cut down to 53, hopefully we'll all know everybody's name. Some coaches like to mingle everybody up. We're waiting until we get our final team and then get some extra togetherness. What matters is what you do on the practice fields and meeting rooms."

The Redskins have trained at Dickinson for two summers, with three years remaining on a contract that can be voided by university officials or the team. Washington trained at Dickinson for 32 years before moving to Frostburg, Md., in 1995 for five years and training in 2000 at Redskin Park.

Crowds averaged more than 500 per session, more than double last year. More than 7,000 attended Fan Day on July 27.

Tricks of trade

Spurrier wouldn't say how much of the offense was shown in the first two games. However, the team will practice privately tomorrow, and Spurrier joked about readying his "trick plays" for Pittsburgh.

"We're spreading a few plays here and there," he said. "We haven't done any trick plays. We've still got, hopefully, some plays that have a chance to work that we haven't shown."

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