Nov 26, 2004, 6:51 PM EDT
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.