Although there's never any love lost when the Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens play, that doesn't apply to one Redskins coach and a Ravens player.
Redskins running backs coach Earnest Byner, a former Redskins player who finished his playing career in Baltimore, grew close to Jamal Lewis after the star tailback was drafted fifth overall in 2000.
Byner worked as the Ravens' director of player development for six years after his retirement, then joined the Redskins. Over that time, he worked with running backs and grew close to Lewis, whose legal problems reportedly will be resolved today when he enters a guilty plea to a federal charge of using a cell phone to facilitate a drug transaction.
"I have much love and appreciation for Jamal and our relationship," said Byner, who was the first person inducted into the Ravens' Ring of Honor in 2000. "I talked to him [recently] on a few occasions, and the fact is he's doing what he has to do for Jamal. As far as being a friend, I'm there for him.
"As far as being someone who he can call and talk to about anything, I'm there for him, because he's good people. I respect him and respect the fact that he's going through something that's difficult for anyone to go through -- not only a guy who is called on to perform at a high level."
Arrington Listed as Out
Although LaVar Arrington (knee surgery) aims to play against the Ravens, the linebacker missed yesterday's practice and is listed as out for the game along with defensive end Phillip Daniels (groin) and linebacker Mike Barrow (knee). . . . Right tackle Ray Brown (hamstring) missed practice but is listed as probable. Safety Andre Lott, who missed last Sunday's game, has improved to questionable. . . . Returner Chad Morton (knee) practiced yesterday. "It will probably be a game-time decision," he said. . . .
The Redskins signed linebacker Brandon Barnes while waiving linebacker Michael Brown. The 6-foot-2, 247-pound Barnes signed with the Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2003 from Missouri. The Redskins released linebacker Steve Josue from the practice squad and signed linebacker Billy Strother. . . .
Michelle Tessier, the Redskins' director of public relations, resigned yesterday, said team spokesman Karl Swanson. She had been with the organization since 2000.