- The Washington Times - Saturday, August 5, 2006

WHITE READY TO PLAY

Redskins fullback Manuel White is “anxious and excited” to be playing in a live-contact contest today for the first time in 11 months after breaking his left ankle and tearing ligaments in the preseason finale against Baltimore.

His wife is just as excited.

“I got on her nerves last year,” White said after practice yesterday. “We were newlyweds and wanted to spend a lot of time together, but I was probably home too much and everywhere we went, she would have to wait for me to catch up.”

White spent most of last fall on crutches after teammate Mike Sellers was blocked into White’s leg. Two screws were inserted the next day and removed in November. White kept the screws as souvenirs.

A fourth-round pick from UCLA in 2005, White is competing with Nehemiah Broughton to serve as the team’s second fullback.

“It’s been fun just getting back out there and into the swing of the game,” White said. “I’m healthy but still trying to get everything back — the cutting, blocking, catching, just playing football.”

Had he only broken his ankle, White said he would have been able to start his rehabilitation six weeks after the injury. But ligaments take longer to heal.

White said the hardest part was learning patience. He missed five games in his four-year UCLA career.

“I was watching the guys out there working hard every day and I wanted to be a part of it, competing with them and against them to help the team,” he said.

Said associated head coach-offense Al Saunders: “Right now I’m real pleased with Manuel. He has the potential. He’s got great size and he can run. [Today] will be a good test for him, and the preseason will be a good test for him.”

SAME MAN, NEW NAME

After three years as Ade Jimoh, the cornerback has reverted to his full name of Adebola Jimoh, at least in the media guide.

“Ade is easier to say, but hopefully people will recognize me by my full name, too,” he said. “You guys can call me Adebola or you can still call me Ade. It doesn’t matter.”

Jimoh said his name means “May God Be With You” in Nigerian.

PLAY OF THE DAY

Two passing plays: Santana Moss caught a bomb from Mark Brunell down the right sideline, beating Shawn Springs and Sean Taylor; receiver Steven Harris out-jumped cornerback John Eubanks to make an acrobatic catch.

NUMBER OF THE DAY

25The price, in dollars, that fans will have pay to park at FedEx Field for today’s scrimmage against the Baltimore Ravens. At least admission is free.

QUOTABLE

“I touched him [and then] I had to wash my hands with all that stuff about bugs in the locker room.”

— Associate head coach-offense Al Saunders joking about the return of receiver David Patten, who has missed time with viral meningitis.

ON THE SIDELINES

Patten was released from the hospital Thursday but won’t return from his bout with viral meningitis before Monday. Cornerback Carlos Rogers (back) missed a second straight day and is out of today’s scrimmage. Rookie defensive lineman Manaia Brown (strained groin) and tight end Calen Powell (quad) remain out. Safety Sean Taylor left Redskin Park with an ice pack on his right heel.

TODAY’S SCHEDULE

Noon — Scrimmage vs. Baltimore Ravens at FedEx Field.

Ryan O’Halloranand David Elfin

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