Early exit by Smith is costly for defense

Defensive end suffers dislocated right shoulder on first defensive play

Redskins notebook

NFL Week 4

October 08, 2001|By Milton Kent | Milton Kent,SUN STAFF

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- When the trainers arrived to tend to Washington Redskins defensive end Bruce Smith's right shoulder on the first defensive play of yesterday's 23-9 loss to the New York Giant, Smith knew enough to know that it was dislocated.

But the likely Hall of Famer wanted some information back from the trainers.

"I immediately felt it, lying on the ground. My first statement was, I dislocated it. My second question was how many yards did he [Giants running back Ron Dayne] get on the play," Smith said. "The first rule of thumb is you make a tackle with your feet. He took my arm and shoulder with him."

Smith, who missed much of training camp with an ailing left shoulder, couldn't say how severe the new dislocation was, but he knew his absence was acutely felt, given that his teammate on the left side, Marco Coleman, was already out with an elbow injury.

The Redskins were forced to give young players like Tyrone Williams and Del Cowsette extensive minutes, and they paid the price. New York quarterback Kerry Collins had lots of time to throw, and the Giants' offense ran for 142 yards -- 90 from rookie Damon Washington.

"It was difficult, especially with the circumstances we had out there, knowing that I could have been an impact player with some of the things that they were doing," Smith said. "[The Giants] exploited it and took advantage of it. They knew they didn't have any guys that were known for dominating a game by rushing the quarterback."

Strikes don't delay game

Referee Johnnie Greer alerted both Washington coach Marty Schottenheimer and New York's Jim Fassel that the start of yesterday's game could have been delayed because of the United States' launch of strikes in Afghanistan.

However, the game started on time, and neither team appeared to be aware of the strikes until halftime.

Playing with purpose

Linebacker LaVar Arrington, who missed last Sunday's 45-13 loss to Kansas City with a strained medial collateral ligament in his knee, played yesterday in tribute to fellow linebacker Shawn Barber, who is out for the rest of the season with a tear of the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee.

"My intention every game is to go out there and try and bring some energy that usually Shawn brings, and I don't have to exert any energy doing it. Since my twin is out, I just wanted to bring as much as I possibly could emotionally more so than physically. I thought I would be more of an emotional leader. I didn't know if I would have an impact physically," said Arrington, who had 12 tackles, 10 solo.

"I told you guys earlier in the week, everybody's got to pay for my man being out. I'm not playing. I wasn't just joking around. I'm trying to knock everybody out. I'm sore right now, because I'm trying to knock everybody out. When I hit them, I'm hitting them for Shawn. They've got to pay. I meant that from the heart. That gives me extra strength."

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