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Arrington

Nov 26, 2004, 6:51 PM EST

What has made the turnaround of the Redskins’ defense even more amazing is the fact that it’s been accomplished without the unit’s most accomplished player, Lavar Arrington. What was supposed to be a two-week injury to his knee has turned into eight weeks going on nine that he’s been inactive. He had some arthioscopic surgery and apparently tried to come back too early on a wet practice field a few weeks ago and suffered a setback. In a Times story today he laments what has become a lost year for him:

It’s a wasted season for me, there’s really no other way to cut it. I’ve been trying to keep my hopes up, keep my spirits up, but it’s tough at times. What do you do? What do you do?

This is a guy who has rarely missed a game. In 2001 he suffered a high ankle sprain that would have shelved a lot of players for a few weeks; Arrington missed just a half. He won’t make the trip to Pittsburgh this weekend and his status for the game against the Giants the following week in still in doubt. This is strictly my speculation, but I’ve got to think that there is consideration being given to shutting him down for the season if he can’t go next week. Letting him start his offseason rehab a few weeks early might help him in the long run.

  1. Raj - Nov 26, 2004 at 9:18 PM

    as much as i like LaVar and appreciate his out of the world hits and tackles, I am really critical of him when he overplays and gets caught out of position. It would really be nice to have him but it sure is cool that the D hasn’t missed a beat without him. Sometimes things like this bring out the best of other members of the team. Who the heck is Lemar Marshall, Demetric Evans, Joe Salivating-ea!!! G-Will rocks!

  2. Raj - Nov 27, 2004 at 1:18 AM

    as much as i like LaVar and appreciate his out of the world hits and tackles, I am really critical of him when he overplays and gets caught out of position. It would really be nice to have him but it sure is cool that the D hasn’t missed a beat without him. Sometimes things like this bring out the best of other members of the team. Who the heck is Lemar Marshall, Demetric Evans, Joe Salivating-ea!!! G-Will rocks!

  3. Rich Tandler - Nov 27, 2004 at 3:15 AM

    I certainly see what you’re saying about Arrington, but I’ve got to think that the D would be much, much better with him. While the Washington defense is #2 in terms of yardage, it’s a good but not a dominating defense. You need a guy who can gamble for the big play. When he makes it a few times a game, it’s devastating for the other team; when he doesn’t, he’s got the backup out there so that a miss doesn’t result in a big play for the other team’s offense.

  4. Rich Tandler - Nov 27, 2004 at 7:15 AM

    I certainly see what you’re saying about Arrington, but I’ve got to think that the D would be much, much better with him. While the Washington defense is #2 in terms of yardage, it’s a good but not a dominating defense. You need a guy who can gamble for the big play. When he makes it a few times a game, it’s devastating for the other team; when he doesn’t, he’s got the backup out there so that a miss doesn’t result in a big play for the other team’s offense.

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