By Howard Bryant
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, December 28, 2005
For an indication of how far the Washington Redskins have come, at least in attitude, consider the words of linebacker LaVar Arrington, who believes the team has earned the right to start thinking big.
Arrington makes a case for the Redskins in a fairly wide-open NFC race, pointing out that they've beaten the conference's top two seeds, Seattle and Chicago, at FedEx Field.
"When you think about all the other things we've had to endure through and accomplish, you realize this is a special group," he said. "It is a group that believes in itself, believes in the mission."
The Redskins beat Chicago, 9-7, in the season opener and Seattle, 20-17 in overtime, on Oct. 2 to start the season 3-0. Seattle has since won 11 straight games, while the Bears have the NFL's best defense. The two are 20-2 in the NFC this season, with the only losses being to the Redskins.
"You're talking about one of the best teams, maybe the best team playing right now in Seattle, and we played very well against them," he said. "You're talking about the Chicago Bears, who are arguably challenging them for that role, and we played pretty well against them. I don't even think we were playing our best football then. I wasn't even on the field then. And I think it'd be even more different if we were. That being said, we've got guys in fairly good health, which we haven't had in past years."Baby on the Way
While Arrington is excited about the chance to play in the postseason for the first time, he could have a scheduling conflict because his wife is due to give birth to their daughter, Marlee, on Jan. 15. That is the second Sunday of the playoffs and Arrington said doctors may opt to induce labor. The baby's name is the product of compromise, Arrington said. He's a big fan of Bob Marley, the late singer, and his wife's middle name is Lee.Wynn Upset by Title Claim
Renaldo Wynn was not happy to hear that the NFL.com online store was marketing memorabilia to celebrate the NFC East champion New York Giants -- even though the Giants, who play the Raiders in Oakland on Saturday night, haven't yet won the division title, and could still lose it to the Redskins this weekend.
The NFL.com team shop is selling Giants NFC East Champion T-shirts for $19.99, fitted caps for $21.99.
The Redskins were steamed that the Giants had delivered boxes of hats and T-shirts commemorating the title to FedEx Field before Saturday's game. Had New York won Saturday, the Giants would be named NFC East champions. The delivery was customary, but Wynn and his teammates were nonetheless offended.
"That's completely wrong," he said. "I know they had their little package delivered to FedEx last week, too. But that's just not right."Injury Updates
Chris Samuels's arthritic right ankle has improved, as has his right knee. "It feels better," he said. "I always feel better when I can get a couple of days of rest." . . . Wynn was wearing a walking cast on his right foot to protect a sore arch. Originally, it was believed that Wynn had sprained an ankle, but Bubba Tyer, the Redskins' director of sports medicine, confirmed Wynn's arch was inflamed. "I'm good," Wynn said. "Just a little bit of maintenance. I'll definitely be out there." . . . Linebacker Chris Clemons was placed on injured reserve. . . . Tight end David Kashetta has been released from the practice squad and the team has signed tight end Calen Powell, a rookie from Duke. . . . Santana Moss was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week.