Arrington, Gibbs spar over benching

Linebacker now third-string for Redskins

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Coach Joe Gibbs yesterday refuted LaVar Arrington's contention that no one from the coaching staff has given the linebacker an explanation for his lack of playing time.

Arrington, the only three-time Pro Bowl player on Washington's roster, has played just two snaps in the past two games. He did not enter Sunday's 21-19 loss to the Denver Broncos even though he was not deactivated.

Before practice yesterday in Ashburn, Va., Arrington said he was still waiting for a reason for his demotion to third on the depth chart at weak-side linebacker behind starter Warrick Holdman and backup Chris Clemons.

"There are so many things that I hear that I don't know which one to pinpoint it on," Arrington said. "Like I said on the radio, the truth is out there, and somebody knows the truth. I don't happen to be the one that knows it or at least I'm not sure."

After practice, Gibbs responded by saying: "I've talked to LaVar more than any other player I've ever coached in 30 years - probably two times as much. I've had great conversations with him and told him exactly what he needs to do.

"Our coaching staff here has tons of experience, and I believe we play the best guys. So whenever LaVar is the best person to be in there, I'm convinced he'll be in there."

Giants -- Tight end Jeremy Shockey signed a five-year, $31.2 million contract extension. His agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said the deal makes Shockey the NFL's highest-paid tight end.

Buccaneers -- Tampa Bay's Ronde Barber was fined $30,000 by the NFL for punching an official during Sunday's game with the New York Jets. Barber inadvertently hit umpire Butch Hannah in the eye during a scuffle with the Jets' Kevin Mawae in the second quarter of the game.

Panthers -- Stephen Davis and DeShaun Foster were among four injured running backs to miss practice. Davis and Foster have knee injuries and are questionable for Sunday's game against Detroit. Rod Smart (groin) and fullback Brad Hoover (shoulder) also missed practice.

49ers -- Linebacker Jeff Ulbrich, the team's second-leading tackler last season, will be placed on injured reserve after undergoing surgery to reattach his biceps muscle to his arm.

Dolphins -- Running back Ricky Williams returned and drew a media horde to his first regular-season practice since 2003. Coming back from a one-year retirement and four-game suspension at the start of this season for violating the NFL drug policy, Williams took some hits from the defense.

Seahawks -- Wide receiver Darrell Jackson had surgery to repair cartilage damage in his right knee.

Vikings -- Investigators in Eden Prairie, Minn., are looking into a party attended by several Minnesota players that allegedly involved drunkenness, nudity and visible sexual activity on a pair of charter cruises last week.

Wire reports contributed to this article.

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