- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 13, 2005

The LaVar Arrington-Washington Redskins saga disintegrated into a game of he said-they said yesterday at Redskin Park.

Before practice, Arrington — who played about 15 snaps in the Redskins’ first three games before seeing no action at Denver — maintained that he is befuddled by his lack of playing time.

What he said: “There are so many different things that I’ve heard, I don’t know which one to pinpoint. Somebody knows the truth. I don’t happen to be that [someone] and I don’t know for sure what I suspect.”

What the Redskins said: Following practice, coach Joe Gibbs took umbrage with Arrington’s implication there has been a lack of communication.

“The comment I heard today was something about LaVar saying nobody has talked to him,” Gibbs said. “I’ve talked to LaVar more than any player I’ve coached in 30 years, probably three times as much. I’ve had great conversations with him and have told him exactly what he needs to do.

“Our coaching staff has tons of experience and I believe they play the best guys. At whatever point LaVar is the best person to be in there, I’m convinced he’ll be in there.”

The Denver game was the first time in Arrington’s career that he was on the active roster but did not play.

Arrington admitted he has “lowered my expectations” regarding any bump in playing time, starting with the Redskins’ game Sunday at Kansas City.

“If it changes, I’ll be ready,” he said. “Anytime you know in your heart and your gut that you can help and then see the guys you train with and get close with out there fighting and you’re not, you hate it.”

Arrington hit many of the same talking points he did in his weekly radio appearance on Tuesday. He took issue with comments made recently by Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis, the Redskins’ defensive coordinator in 2002, who said Arrington drove him batty with his freelancing.

“For Marvin to say I drove him crazy and didn’t know the schemes, I did lead all linebackers in the National Football League with 11 sacks that season,” he said.

Arrington added, “I’m hungry to make a play and sometimes, I may overrun the play but who doesn’t do that? Last time I checked, people make mistakes.”

Six miss practice

Six players did not practice yesterday: Cornerback Shawn Springs (shin), running back Clinton Portis (shin), cornerback Carlos Rogers (ankle), right guard Randy Thomas (shoulder), running back Ladell Betts (groin) and kicker John Hall (quad).

Springs, Betts and Hall are questionable for Sunday. Springs sustained his injury in practice last week, probably more severely than the team was letting on, and he lasted only two possessions before aggravating the injury.

“I wish it was just the shin — it’s inside of the leg,” Springs said.

Portis, Rogers and Thomas are probable along with defensive tackles Cornelius Griffin (wrist) and Joe Salave’a (thigh) and defensive end Renaldo Wynn (knee).

Cornerback Walt Harris (calf), who missed the last two games, returned to practice for the first time since Sept. 22.

Field goal issues

The Redskins have had field goal attempts blocked the last two games. What gives? “It was something different both times,” snapper Ethan Albright said. “In the Denver game, they had a lot of tall guys with long arms that got right into the gap. To some degree, they were in the right spot at the right time.”

The Redskins spent extra time in practice yesterday addressing the protection scheme.

“[Special teams coach] Danny [Smith] went to work on that and we’ll work really hard on it this week and probably change some things, too,” Gibbs said.

Extra points

Dating to last year, the Redskins’ last six games have been decided by three or fewer points, an NFL record. …

Against Denver, Mark Brunell threw 50-plus passes (a career-high 53 attempts) for only the third time in his 134-game career. He doesn’t want an encore against Kansas City. “You don’t want to do that,” he said. “You want to be more efficient and more balanced offensively and throw fewer times than that.” …

Kansas City has ruled defensive tackle Ryan Sims (foot) out of Sunday’s game.



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