- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 8, 2005

Safety Ryan Clark has long known that being a hero can be ephemeral. But not quite like this.

Three hours after sealing Washington’s 17-10 victory over Philadelphia with an interception at the Redskins’ 3-yard line with 1:32 left Sunday night, Clark was playing plumber.

“I had to go home and unclog my toilet at 2:30 in the morning,” Clark said with a laugh. “I’m the same guy that was cut [by the New York Giants before the 2004 season] and ended up starting [11 games for the Redskins that fall]. I was out of [the NFL]. I see the game differently than guys who come in as first-round picks. I try to stay even and stay humble. I know that next week I can be the guy who gets beat for the touchdown.”

As for having interceptions the last two weeks after not having one in his first 40 games, Clark said, “Turnovers are kind of the icing on the cake for me. I’m the same old kid, the little [street] free agent guy telling all those first-round picks where to line up. That’s my job.”

Thumb up for Jansen?

Jon Jansen hasn’t played with two unprotected thumbs since he broke the left one in practice Sept.5. Although the team’s medical staff doesn’t want him to, the offensive tackle might remove one splint at least in practice tomorrow.

“I’ll see on Wednesday how [the right thumb he broke in the Sept. 11 opener against Chicago] is feeling,” Jansen said. “I’ve been doing OK with it, but I get in some bad positions from it. I would really like to be able to play the last eight games without any hindrances.”

Jansen said the splint was a factor in Eagles defensive end Jevon Kearse beating him for a sack in the first quarter.

Arrington back in gear

LaVar Arrington started and played the whole way for the first time since he first hurt his right knee in Week 2 of 2004. The three-time Pro Bowl linebacker tied for the team lead with six tackles.

“Hopefully we can put that story behind us,” Arrington said of the weekly soap opera about his playing time.

“LaVar’s preparation over the last two or three weeks has been excellent, and that has been reflected in his play,” coach Joe Gibbs said. “We need playmakers, and LaVar is capable of making big plays. As we head down the road here, that was very encouraging for us.”

Easy does it

Phillip Daniels’ sack of Donovan McNabb as the first half expired prevented the Eagles from trying a field goal.

“I really wanted to knock the ball out of Donovan’s hands, but I didn’t want to miss him either, because I knew there were only a few seconds on the clock,” Daniels said. “I knew if I got him down, time would possibly run out, [so] once I knocked him down, I kind of stayed on him for a couple seconds.”

Griffin still ailing

Defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin, who missed Sunday’s game with a strained hip flexor, will begin limited running tomorrow. Griffin originally was hurt Oct.23 against San Francisco and aggravated the injury on the first play of the subsequent loss to the Giants. Griffin has missed consecutive games just once during his six-year NFL career.

Defensive tackle Joe Salave’a (foot) and offensive tackle Chris Samuels (knee) didn’t make their injuries worse by playing. Gibbs said tight end Robert Royal (calf), defensive tackle Cedric Killings (ankle) and linebacker Khary Campbell (shoulder), all of whom practiced Friday, didn’t play because it was feared they couldn’t “explode” during the game.

Keasey’s roller coaster

The Redskins re-signed linebacker Zak Keasey to the practice squad. The undrafted rookie has been cut, signed or moved to the practice squad six times since Oct.1.

“It’s pretty hard to keep track,” Keasey said. “I’m going to try to work a little harder, and maybe they’ll just keep me around.”

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