- The Washington Times - Monday, October 9, 2006

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — LaVar Arrington didn’t gloat after the New York Giants’ victory over his former team.

The former Redskins star left Washington with bitter feelings after last season, but Arrington displayed only his dreadlocks and little emotion while addressing a swarm of reporters after yesterday’s 19-3 win.

Arrington, who made three Pro Bowls in his six seasons at linebacker for the Redskins, traded barbs with old teammates and coaches in the run-up last week to the game.

Redskins linebacker coach Dale Lindsey said Arrington didn’t know Washington’s plays well enough to help the Giants. Arrington joked that he gave his Redskins playbook to his Giants coaches.

Arrington did not start yesterday but did play significant time, making one tackle and blocking a pass by Mark Brunell in the backfield. Afterward, Arrington declined to criticize his former team.

“We needed to win,” Arrington said. “It could have been the Falcons or the Ravens. We needed to win this game. It just happened to be the Redskins. I’m sure after I sit down and think about it, it will probably be a bittersweet feeling.”

Arrington, hampered by nagging injuries, started slowly this season for the Giants, with whom he signed a seven-year, $49million deal in the offseason.

But he clearly enjoyed beating the Redskins, though he said he has distanced himself from the hard feelings and troubles that included an extended, nasty contract dispute with owner Dan Snyder.

“I had a lot of time to get out of being in the organization,” he said. “We had some trash talking [on the field]. Other than that and knowing the guys personally, it wasn’t any different. It felt good out there.”

Giants linebacker Antonio Pierce, another former Redskin, said Arrington did not make a big deal out of playing Washington.

“[The Redskins] made comments that I don’t think you make as a professional about a former player or about a guy you coached,” Pierce said. “He took the high road and was high-class about it. You have to respect that. And he is going to walk in this locker room smiling. Those other people are not.”

Giants: Taylor plays dirty

Several Giants were furious about the actions of Redskins safety Sean Taylor at the end of the game. Guard Rich Seubert accused Taylor of jumping on him as the Giants went into kneel-down mode in the final minute with the game out of reach for the Redskins. Backup running back Brandon Jacobs yelled at Taylor as players left the field about going for the Giants’ knees in an attempt to cause injury.

Seubert vowed to get revenge when the teams meet again in the Dec. 30 finale at FedEx Field.

“I was trying to be a peacemaker, trying to keep Rich from killing the guy,” Jacobs said. “I’m going to talk about Taylor every time I see him. Everyone talks about how he’s a hard-hitting safety, and he’s not. He’s good, but I can’t see myself taking that from him.”

Jacobs then said the Redskins play dirty.

“That’s the kind of team they are,” Jacobs said. “One of their players spat in my face last year. It’s a dirty football team. I was watching [Taylor] on film all week, watching the way he plays. He comes at you with reckless abandon, like he’s coming at you downhill. He throws his whole body at you like he has another in the closet.”

Taylor had left the visiting locker room before Jacobs made his comments.

Patten, Duckett at peace

For the first time he could remember, David Patten was listed as inactive for a game even though he was healthy. However, the veteran receiver said he wasn’t angry.

“It was a game-time decision,” said Patten, who started last season but has just one catch this year. “I was cool with it.”

Running back T.J. Duckett was listed as active for the first time in three weeks, but he didn’t play for the second time in the three Redskins game for which he has dressed.

Asked whether he was angry or surprised, Duckett replied, “Not really. It’s not my call.”

Injured Daniels returns

The Redskins reported three injuries after the game: Defensive end Phillip Daniels (right shoulder), defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin (hip) and linebacker Marcus Washington (hip).

Daniels was injured late in the second quarter but returned in the second half.

“I came back in because I wanted to fight through it, and I think I did a good job of that,” Daniels said. “But every time I hit something, the numbness came right back.”

Frost handles kickoffs

Punter Derrick Frost handled both of the Redskins’ kickoffs against the Giants. Kicker John Hall had done the kicking off in first four games.

“Talking it over with John [on Saturday], he felt a little bit tired with his leg, so anytime we get that, we have confidence in Derrick because we don’t risk John pulling something,” coach Joe Gibbs said.


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