Arrington reinjures right knee

Redskins linebacker slips on wet turf in practice

status for Sunday in doubt

Pro Football

October 26, 2004|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

ASHBURN, Va. - Wet grass may force LaVar Arrington to readjust his return to the Washington Redskins.

The three-time Pro Bowl linebacker, who has missed the past four games while recovering from surgery on his right knee, aggravated the same knee when he slipped on a patch of wet turf during practice yesterday at Redskins Park.

Director of sports medicine Bubba Tyer said that the injury did not appear to be serious, but that Arrington's status would likely be questionable until he practices later this week.

Coach Joe Gibbs said Arrington, who left practice early and was unavailable to comment, was looking forward to suiting up for Sunday's home game against the Green Bay Packers.

"He was excited about being back," Gibbs said. "I think we'll just take it day-to-day."

Tyer also said that linebacker Mike Barrow will likely be cleared to practice tomorrow. Barrow, who was signed by the team as a free agent during the offseason, has been sidelined by a lingering knee injury that has prevented him from playing any snaps for Washington (2-4).

"It's been discouraging because obviously we want him out there and he wants to be out there," Gibbs said. "We've kind of got a little bit of a game plan here. We'll see how that holds up."

In other injury news, kicker John Hall's strained groin is better, but his status is questionable. If he can't play, the team will turn over the kicking duties to rookie Ola Kimrin, who converted two field goals in the Redskins' 13-10 victory over the Chicago Bears on Oct. 17.

Washington looked to bolster its offensive line by signing free agent Vaughn Parker.

The 6-foot-3, 300-pound lineman spent his entire 10-year career with the San Diego Chargers and started 104 games at both the right and left tackle positions.

Although he missed much of last season due to a knee injury, Parker said he has recovered and is eager to help assistant coach Joe Bugel and linebackers coach Dale Lindsey, both of whom coached Parker in San Diego.

"I'm pretty healthy right now," Parker said. "I felt great today. So I'm pretty positive that things are going to work out well."

To make room for Parker, the team released offensive tackle Kenyatta Jones, who started two games and played in another for the Redskins.

Gibbs said the move wasn't based on Jones' play, but rather on a desire to upgrade the unit.

"We needed to try to help ourselves out there," Gibbs said. "It was just one of those decisions where you hate to do it, but we felt like it was best for the club."

The team also signed linebacker Brandon Barnes to the practice squad and waived linebacker Billy Strother.

Gibbs took a moment yesterday to extend his condolences to NASCAR owner Rick Hendrick, who lost four relatives in a plane crash in Virginia on Sunday.

Gibbs, who owned a successful NASCAR team before returning to coach the Redskins in January, credited Hendrick with helping him get started in racing.

"He assigned Jimmy Johnson, who was his general manager, to go with me and pretty much just hand-fed me everything," Gibbs recalled. "We originally leased motors from him and everything. We got to be real close friends. ... You just hate to see something like that."

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