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Lloyd Stays In Team's Plans, Gibbs Says

By Jason Reid
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Brandon Lloyd, prohibited from accompanying the Washington Redskins to their game Sunday because he missed a recent meeting, still is in the team's plans, Coach Joe Gibbs said yesterday.

"Brandon and I will talk things over and we'll go back to work," Gibbs said. "It was an incident that took place . . . and I felt that was the best option for us to take. Certainly it was a disappointment for us, and that's the way I tried to treat it. We're going to deal with it and move on."

Inactive for the 23-20 overtime victory over the New York Jets at Giants Stadium because he missed a meeting Friday, Lloyd was sent home Saturday in a disciplinary move by Gibbs. But Gibbs apparently is ready to give Lloyd another chance, hoping the wide receiver's production increases in the second half of the season.

"He would like to be more productive than what's happened; it hasn't happened for us," Gibbs said. "We've got to continue to work at that. Obviously, we have a big investment in him, and we think he can [be more productive], we've just got to get it done."

The Redskins traded a third-round pick in the 2006 draft and a fourth-round pick in the 2007 draft to San Francisco for Lloyd, who has two catches for 14 yards this season. In 22 games with Washington, Lloyd has 25 catches and has been held without at least one catch in eight games. He was inactive for a game late last season after he threw his helmet on the sideline.

The Redskins gave Lloyd $10 million in guaranteed bonuses. The five-year veteran is due a $1.8 million roster bonus in June. "We're going to continue to give him opportunities," Gibbs said.

But Lloyd also has to do his part, Gibbs said.

"Up here, you've got to earn it," he said. "Hopefully this will be the last instance we have like this, and we'll go on and get on down the road with it."

Landry Pays the Price

Rookie safety LaRon Landry was fined $16,764 (the equivalent of one of his game checks) for unnecessary roughness involving the impermissible use of the helmet, the NFL announced. Landry was penalized for roughing the passer when he made helmet-to-helmet contact with New York Jets rookie quarterback Kellen Clemens in the first quarter.

"I believe if he wouldn't have ducked, I wouldn't have got the penalty," said Landry, who had expected to be fined. "I'm not going to stop performing the way I perform, or stop my intensity, my style of play. I'm not going to do that."

Smoot Hobbled Again

Cornerback Fred Smoot aggravated his hamstring injury in the fourth quarter Sunday. "It didn't pop on me, but I kind of reinjured it," Smoot said. "I went on and toughed it out. I knew I couldn't come out of this game, so I went on and stayed . . . finished the game off."

Smoot, who has missed three games because of the injury, said he was determined to play because the Redskins are short-handed at cornerback. "With him this year, we felt that it was going to be something week to week," said John Burrell, head athletic trainer. "We'll know more on Wednesday."

Griffin Aims to Return

Defensive lineman Cornelius Griffin, limited to only two plays against the Jets after aggravating a back injury during pregame warmups, hopes to play a bigger role this week.

"Hopefully, I'll feel better in the next two days," he said, "and get a chance to go out and do some things to get ready for Philly." . . . Linebacker Marcus Washington, who has missed three of the last four games because of a hamstring injury, "did a little bit more running," Burrell said. "We'll increase his running [today], just to see how well he'll go, and hopefully by Wednesday we'll increase his activity." . . . Wide receiver Santana Moss, slowed because of a groin injury throughout the first half of the season, bruised his heel Sunday. Moss is expected to participate in drills when the team resumes practice tomorrow. . . . Backup offensive lineman Mike Pucillo, who missed the Jets game because of a back injury, is expected to be cleared to play against Philadelphia, Burrell said. . . . Because of an inordinately high number of hamstring injuries, the Redskins have made changes in their approach in the weight room and pregame stretching exercises, Gibbs said.

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