- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 18, 2002

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Defensive tackle Daryl Gardener was named Washington Redskins player of the year last night by the Quarterback Club.

Gardener received the honor over linebacker LaVar Arrington, running back Stephen Davis and offensive tackle Jon Jansen before 400 at the Fairview Marriott in Falls Church. The award was determined by media who regularly cover the team.

Arrington won last year but felt Gardener was more worthy this season. Gardener, who signed a one-year deal on July 30 after getting released by Miami, led Redskins defensive linemen with 59 tackles along with three sacks. Arrington's 10 sacks lead the Redskins, while his 95 tackles rank third.

Arrington's late sack and forced fumble by St. Louis quarterback Kurt Warner saved Washington's 20-17 victory on Nov. 24.

Meanwhile, the Redskins promoted cornerbacks Todd Franz and Bruce Branch from the practice squad to fill roster openings.

Rick Snider

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