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  At 216 Games, Green Does His Energizer Imitation

By Richard Justice
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, December 8, 1997; Page D7

TEMPE, Ariz., Dec. 7 — Ageless wonder Darrell Green played in his 216th game for the Washington Redskins in this afternoon's 38-28 victory over Arizona. With the appearance, he tied linebacker Monte Coleman for first place on the team's all-time list for games played.

Green, 37, likely will take over first place Saturday against the New York Giants at Giants Stadium. He'll wrap up his 15th NFL season the following week in the home finale against the Philadelphia Eagles.

When Green signed a new five-year contract last winter, his children wore T-shirts proclaiming "Darrell Green Pro Bowl 2000." He still seems on schedule for that honor.

Green's six Pro Bowl appearances are the fourth most in team history behind Chris Hanburger (9), Charley Taylor (8), and Ken Houston (7).

"Of course, I'm happy about it," Green said, "but the fact of the matter is that an individual accomplishment is overshadowed by what we're trying to accomplish as a team. That's okay because I've got a basement full of awards and things that I can look at when I want to remember individual accomplishments. This is about the team."

T. Johnson Re-Injured
Guard Tre Johnson re-injured his already sore left shoulder and was unable to play the final series of the game. Shar Pourdanesh filled in at left tackle, with Joe Patton moving to Johnson's spot at left guard.

Johnson will be examined again on Monday, but the team's medical staff appears cautiously confident he'll be able to play against the Giants. Meanwhile, tight end James Jenkins suffered from abdominal cramps during most of the game. He'll be examined by team physician Donald Knowlan on Monday.

Allen Unlikely
Running back Terry Allen missed the Cardinals game with a sprained ankle and probably won't play against the Giants. Backup running back Stephen Davis filled in nicely for Allen, gaining 92 yards on 20 carries and catching six passes for 27 yards.

But the Redskins would love to have Allen back for at least the final game of the season. Allen's ankle injury is the latest setback in a frustrating season. He also missed one game with a broken thumb and two games with a sprained knee.

Mitchell Rolls Seven
Brian Mitchell's 63-yard punt return for a touchdown is the seventh of his career. Only Jack Christiansen (eight), Rick Upchurch (eight) and Eric Metcalf (nine) have returned more in NFL history.

With his kickoff return for a touchdown in Week 2 against Pittsburgh, he's the first Redskin in 19 years to have both a punt return and a kickoff return for a touchdown in the same season. Tony Green did it in 1978.

Mitchell's punt return opened the scoring and got the Redskins off on a nice start to their victory over Arizona, their first road win against the Cardinals since 1991.

"I thought he gave us a great lift," Coach Norv Turner said. "He's one of those special players capable of making those kinds of plays."

Emtman Gets the Call
Defensive tackle Chris Zorich was inactive for a second consecutive game as coaches used newly signed Steve Emtman ahead of him for a second straight game. Marc Boutte, William Gaines and Ryan Kuehl also are ahead of Zorich, who apparently will play again only if someone gets hurt.

Defensive tackle Chris Mims was held out of a second consecutive game in hopes that a strained abdominal muscle that has bothered him most of the season will heal. Mims said he still feels pain in the area, but won't know if he has progressed until he attempts to practice on Wednesday.

Westbrook Shines at JKC
Redskins wide receiver Michael Westbrook has taken to new Jack Kent Cooke Stadium. Despite catching two passes for 30 yards this afternoon against the Cardinals, Westbrook has caught 26 of his 29 passes at the new stadium. He has scored both his touchdowns at home. ... The Redskins swept the Cardinals for the first time since 1991. ... The Redskins, who've been among the best in the league at converting third downs, converted 7 of 18 this afternoon. ... Injured quarterback Gus Frerotte finished the season with an 86.1 rating on third down. Only Trent Dilfer (106.0 before today) and Steve Young (96.7) have been better.

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