Thigh Injury Means Arrington 'Probably Won't Go' in Arizona

By Howard Bryant
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, December 10, 2005

Washington Redskins linebacker LaVar Arrington likely will miss tomorrow's game in Arizona with a bruised right thigh, Coach Joe Gibbs said yesterday.

"LaVar probably won't go. That would be my guess," Gibbs said. "He's got a thigh with some buildup, and we had a tough time getting it out. He'll need some more treatment to loosen it up. That's my guess."

Arrington injured himself against Oakland on Nov. 20 and apparently aggravated the injury in the second quarter last Sunday in St. Louis. He returned to that game with a thigh wrap.

After the game, Arrington was in good spirits. "Then the anti-inflammatories wore off and reality kicked in," Arrington said yesterday.

Arrington did not practice this week, another indication that he would not be ready for tomorrow's game. Assistant head coach-defense Gregg Williams said Thursday it was unlikely any of his players, with the exception of defensive tackle Joe Salave'a, would play having not practiced. "I don't like my chances," Arrington said. "It stiffened up on me with a lot of blood. I believe we'll get through it. I worked hard to get out there, but if I went out there I'd just be hurting the team. You have to be responsible. I can't run. I don't have the range of motion."

Should Arrington not play, it will be the first game he has missed because of injury this season. He started one of the first seven games and did not play Oct. 9 at Denver due to a coaching decision. He has started the last five games at weak-side linebacker.

Arrington likely would be replaced in the starting lineup by Warrick Holdman, who started in place of Arrington on the weak side for the first five games of the year.

The injury was somewhat perplexing to Gibbs because of the way Arrington reentered Sunday's game. "Sometimes you get hit like that and it acts up, and I think in his case it did," Gibbs said.

Gibbs said wide receiver Santana Moss will play tomorrow. He was listed on the injury report as probable all week. "I'm playing," Moss said, before doing a little dance to prove he was healthy.

Defensive tackles Salave'a and Cedric Killings were listed as questionable, but Gibbs said both could be available depending on the situation. Killings, who injured his groin in practice last week, said yesterday he believed he could play tomorrow.

"As far as I'm concerned, I'm ready to go," he said.

Gibbs said defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin was probable. Griffin has been fighting a hip flexor injury for the past month.

Wide receiver James Thrash, who practiced for the first time in two weeks, will miss his third straight game with a hamstring pull. "James did some light work this week. I think he's getting close," Gibbs said.

Note: Arrington accidentally smashed his Porsche sport-utility vehicle when it hit some black ice on the way to Redskins Park. No one was hurt.

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