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Arrington to miss game

By Mark Zuckerman



LaVar Arrington will not travel with the Washington Redskins to Miami for tomorrow night's preseason game after a sprained left knee kept the Pro Bowl linebacker out of practices the last two days.

Arrington has a first-degree sprain of his MCL, an injury the linebacker said occurred when he "turned the wrong way" during Tuesday's practice. The club's training staff held him out for Wednesday's solo session and both of yesterday's workouts.

"It's killing me not to be able to play," Arrington said. "But you've got to be smart. It's preseason, man. It's not the regular season, and it's not the playoffs. I don't need to risk making it worse than it is."

The Redskins believe the injury is not serious, and that Arrington should be back on the field when the team resumes camp Monday.

"I hope so," he said. "It's day-to-day."

Six other players also will not take the team charter for Miami this afternoon: linebackers Mike Barrow (knee) and Chris Clemons (hamstring), cornerback Rashad Bauman (hamstring), tight end Fred Baxter (knee), wide receiver Cliff Russell (hamstring) and running back Ladell Betts (hamstring).

Wide receiver Darnerien McCants (ankle) will be re-evaluated today and could be cleared to travel. Defensive tackle Jermaine Haley was sent home yesterday with flu-like symptoms. H-back Mike Sellers continues to battle a sprained ankle — he missed practice yesterday and is questionable for tomorrow's game.

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I'm not worried about Arrington. If this was a regular season game, he'd probably be playing.

But since its just a meaningless pre-season game (meaningless, score wise anyway) there's no reason for Lavar to play and risk making that injury worse.

But it does mean that two-thirds of our starting Line-backing core won't be on the field Saturday night.

I'm more concerned about Barrow and Betts, who have yet to take the field in pre-season play.

But Coach Gibbs says there is a plan there (as far as Barrow is concerned). So I'm not to worried. :)

Skins Guy

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Originally posted by f_dallas

Does straining your ACL have the possibility of turning into a tear if it isn't rested and worsens, or is this inury completely unrelated to the other?

I think an unrested strain can lead to a tear. A strain occurs when a muscle or the tendon is overstretched or torn. The muscle is strained either because it is not properly stretched, or warmed up, before the activity; it is too weak; or because the muscle is already injured and not allowed time to recover.

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