Gibbs wants 'Skins' focus on Eagles

December 29, 2005

Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs reacted sharply yesterday after LaVar Arrington discussed his expected departure from the team.

Arrington told The Washington Times that he expects the Redskins to try to trade him or cut him in the coming months because of his high salary. If that happens, the three-time Pro Bowl linebacker said he might retire.

"It's not a given that I'll continue playing if the Redskins get rid of me," Arrington told the newspaper. "I don't really want to play for anyone else. I don't feel bad about it. I've had my time. I'm capable of doing other things besides football."

Asked for his reaction, Gibbs said he had not read Arrington's comments, but he took exception to anything that might distract the team ahead of Sunday's game at Philadelphia. The Redskins will clinch their first playoff berth since 1999 if they beat the Eagles.

At Redskins Park yesterday, quarterback Mark Brunell did not practice, but he said the sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee is improving.

"I'm feeling a little better today than I did yesterday, so that's good," he said. "It's day-to-day still, and we're approaching Sunday, of course. All the time I can get rehabbing this thing, the better off I will be. Really, all I can say is that each day, it's progressing and feeling better. So we'll see."

Defensive end Renaldo Wynn (sore foot), cornerback Carlos Rogers (torn biceps), cornerback Shawn Springs (strained groin) and offensive tackle Chris Samuels (sprained ankle) also missed practice. All but Rogers are listed as probable for Sunday's game. Rogers is listed as questionable.

Seahawks -- Running back Shaun Alexander will leave the team today to attend a family funeral in Cincinnati, but he will return in time for Sunday's regular-season finale on the road against the Packers.

Bengals -- Carson Palmer is expected to play Sunday against the Chiefs, even though he has a strained groin and the Bengals have little at stake. The Bengals listed Palmer as probable, assuming his injury will continue to get better as the week goes along.

Panthers -- Running back DeShaun Foster missed practice with a toe injury, but said he was sure he would play against the Falcons. "I'm good. I'll be ready," he said. "It's nothing at all. I just jammed my toe."

Jaguars -- The team will be without defensive end Paul Spicer for Sunday's game against Tennessee. Spicer, who is second on the team with 7 1/2 sacks and third with 24 quarterback pressures, injured his left hand when he hit a teammate's helmet during pre-game warm-ups Saturday at Houston.

Titans -- Steve McNair's right pectoral muscle remained sore enough that Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher didn't expect him to practice until at least tomorrow. Third-string quarterback Matt Mauck took the snaps in practice.

Texans -- Running back Domanick Davis had arthroscopic knee surgery and will miss the season finale at San Francisco.

Sun reporter Edward Lee contributed to this article.

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