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Erratic Lloyd Left Behind by Gibbs After Missing Meeting

By Jason Reid
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, November 5, 2007

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., Nov. 4 -- In another incident that could hasten his departure from the Washington Redskins, wide receiver Brandon Lloyd missed a recent meeting and was prohibited from accompanying the team to yesterday's game, a 23-20 victory in overtime over the New York Jets at Giants Stadium.

"He missed an important meeting on Friday," Coach Joe Gibbs said.

Before leaving Redskins Park on Saturday, coaches informed Lloyd, who has only two catches this season, that he would be inactive against the Jets. They then sent him home. "I felt like it was best for the team," Gibbs said.

Lloyd also was inactive for a game late last season after he threw his helmet on the sideline. To this point, Lloyd has not been as productive as the Redskins envisioned when they acquired him from San Francisco before last season for a third-round pick in the 2006 draft and a fourth-round pick in the 2007 draft.

In Washington's first seven games this season, Lloyd had 14 yards receiving and no touchdowns. He has 25 catches in his 22 games with the Redskins, and failed to catch at least one pass in eight games.

In addition to paying a hefty price to acquire Lloyd from the 49ers, the Redskins gave him $10 million in guaranteed bonuses, hoping he would be a consistent No. 2 receiver and deep threat. Lloyd has not met those expectations, and he's due a $1.8 million roster bonus in June.

Teams generally do not reward players with big bonuses when they perform as poorly as Lloyd has in the first two years of his five-year contract. Given the structure of Lloyd's contract -- and his antics since joining the team -- it appears unlikely he will return to the Redskins next season.

M. Washington Rests Again

Linebacker Marcus Washington missed his third game in four weeks after aggravating a hamstring injury in practice last week. Washington continued to experience soreness, so the Redskins opted to rest him with games against Philadelphia and Dallas coming up.

"I'm just trying to be careful with it," Washington said. "I don't want to go out and hurt it to where I have to miss a lot of games. I want to get it healthy. I want to get it to where I can come back full speed and full go."

Griffin's Back Keeps Him Out

Cornelius Griffin, the Redskins' most accomplished defensive lineman, played sparingly after aggravating a back injury during pregame warmups. With Griffin sidelined, the Jets attacked the middle of the Redskins' line, rushing for 124 yards on 26 carries (a 4.8-yard average).

"I was hurting," Griffin said. "It was something that just came up in warmups. It's something I've had since junior college. The good thing was that we got the win. We've got some division games coming up, so I've got to rock and roll. I'll be okay."

Springs Plays On, Plays Well

Cornerback Shawn Springs continued to play well while coping with the hospitalization of his father, Ron, a former NFL player who has been in a coma for weeks. Against the Jets, Springs had six solo tackles, was effective in pass coverage and forced a fumble.

"Football is my sanctuary," Springs said. "Football is where I can get away from the rest of the things going on in my life. In between the lines, all I think about is football. It's fun. I disappear a little bit." . . . Backup offensive lineman Mike Pucillo, who was listed as questionable, missed the game because of back problems.

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