- The Washington Times - Monday, November 25, 2002

Cornerback Darrell Green may have played his final game for the Washington Redskins.
Green suffered a badly bruised hip in the Redskins' 20-17 victory over the St. Louis Rams yesterday at FedEx Field, and he said after the game that he hoped to return at some point during the final five games of the season.
However, team sources said the 42-year-old Green may have suffered a hip pointer that could sideline him a month. At the least, it appears unlikely that Green will be able to play against the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday. There is no talk of placing Green on injured reserve, but at best, his role will be limited for the rest of the season.
"I'm still going to retire," Green said, jokingly. "My gracious, you shouldn't fall like that. I don't recommend that at all, especially if you're over 35. I was up there and the ground doesn't give. It hurts bad."
Green's last play of the game was a victory-saver: He batted away an end-zone pass intended for Rams receiver Torry Holt with 27 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. Green landed awkwardly on his hip and was helped to the bench as the crowd chanted "Darrell, Darrell."
Green underwent X-rays at FedEx Field and had difficulty walking in the locker room. The 5-foot-9 Green has been remarkably durable throughout his franchise record 20-year career, starting 119 straight games before he was benched in 2000. He missed nine games in 1989 with a broken wrist, eight games in 1992 with a broken arm and three games in 2000 with a strained calf.
Green, who has been a reserve this season, will retire at the end of the year. Green says he will not be bothered if yesterday's play turned out to be the last of his career, one in which he has played a Redskins-record 265 games.
"Never crossed my mind, but if it was it wouldn't be a big deal. I've had a lot of other big plays," he said. "If it was, it was a good one, but it hurt."
Cornerback Fred Smoot suffered a concussion, and receiver Rod Gardner dislocated his left middle finger. Both continued to play.


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