Arrington Will Play vs. Pittsburgh, But Where?

Posted Aug 23, 2005

LaVar Arrington will see his first action of the preseason on Friday night against the Steelers. The question is, where will he be lining up?

. . . Linebacker LaVar Arrington is expected to play Friday. So says his position coach Dale Lindsey.

At least we think it’s still his position coach. It’s looking more and more like Arrington will work his way back into football shape by playing defensive end.

When he gets back into top shape, then it’s likely he’ll start to challenge for more time at his old position.

For now, the Redskins want to see where he’s at.

‘’It’s time,’’ Lindsey said. ‘’We can’t wait until Opening Day and say, ‘Play now.’ That ain’t gonna work. . . He’s still not in football shape, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised.’’

. . . From what we hear, quarterback Patrick Ramsey took Friday’s game, and the loss, very hard. A teammate said he was very down about the whole thing on Saturday, feeling as if he’d let the team down. Ramsey is clearly under a lot of pressure and understands that he’s the wild card in the Redskins’ season.

He’s a good kid who doesn’t deserve to be booed. But this is also part of the business and he can silence critics with his play. So far he hasn’t done that.

. . . Defensive tackle Brandon Noble said he should be ready to play Friday. That is, if coach Gregg Williams lets him play -- Williams likes to remind everyone that it’s his call, and his call only.

. . .Safety Matt Bowen practiced today, a welcome sign for a defense having depth problems in the secondary.

. . . Receiver Taylor Jacobs did some jogging today, the first step in his road to recovery. Still uncertain how much time he’ll miss, but it could be another two or three weeks. It would be nice for Jacobs to go through a full camp without getting hurt. He works hard and football matters to him. But he’s starting to feel snake-bitten in Washington because of the injuries.

. . . Running back Clinton Portis practiced again and hopes to get some work. Doesn’t need much, he said, but would like a few more carries.

. . . Tight end Robert Royal (shoulder) did not practice. But his injury does not appear to be serious -- they didn’t even take him for an MRI.

. . . The Redskins cut safety Tony Dixon. He returned to practice after missing two weeks because of a hamstring injury. No big loss: Dixon clearly couldn’t play. He might be a decent special teamer, but he was a defensive liability.

. . . They also cut linebacker Joe Tuipala.

. . . Special teams coach Danny Smith shouted to his players running downfield during a drill, ‘’Don’t get that gangsta lean on it!’’

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