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Redskins hopeful on Brunell

http://insider.espn.go.com/espn/blog/index?name=clayton_john#20051226

The Redskins may have gotten a major piece of good luck with quarterback Mark Brunell. His sprained medial collateral knee ligament isn't too bad. Joe Gibbs is going to list him as day-to-day and see if he can practice later in the week. Gibbs said there is only a little bit of swelling. The MRI showed no major damage. What's helped is there is laxity in the knee because this was Brunell's bad knee. Gibbs will monitor Brunell this week to see if he could be able to play against the Eagles on Sunday. The Redskins need to win to make the playoffs. At least Brunell has a chance to play, which is a little bit more optimistic than after the game Saturday when he suffered the injury.

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Woodson probably done with Raiders: The Raiders won't have cornerback Charles Woodson on the field for the season finale, and that will be his last opportunity to be with the Raiders. He's a franchise player who had a $10 million plus contract. He only played six games. That meant he made $1.75 million a game when he was healthy early in the season. At lot of the time, the Raiders used him at safety. By the way, Norv Turner heads into perhaps his last game as Raiders head coach without halfback LaMont Jordan., who has turf toe, and tight end Courtney Anderson. How bad has the season gone? Jerry Porter and Randy Moss are probably not going to have 1,000-yard seasons. Kerry Collins will get the start against his former team, the New York Giants, who need to beat the Raiders to win the NFC East.

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What good will he be on Sunday if he can't practice all week? Also, even if he is o.k. to play, his mobility within the pocket will be severly limited.... one of the very traits of Brunell's game that makes him a better choice than Ramsey.

But to take that away, plus missing a full week of practice?

Start Ramsey against the Eagles... let Brunell rest and take the team over for the first playoff game.

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I think Brunell needs to be in there. He's been in there all year and so the line, backs, receivers are familiar with him and his habits. Also, he's shown the intelligence to avoid bad interceptions (for the most part). I like Ramsey, but I think we have a better shot of winning if Brunell is in.

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