Daniels toughs out a rough season
Defensive lineman Phillip Daniels has continued to be productive while overcoming a lot the last two seasons. Daniels, 36, suffered a season-ending torn anterior cruciate ligament on the first day of training camp in 2008. This season, Daniels has managed to stay in the starting lineup despite a torn right biceps.
"To me, that is really what tough guys do," secondary coach and defensive spokesman Jerry Gray said. "They know that this time of the season you're not going to be healthy, you're not going to be 100 percent well. So the thing you have to do is suck it up and get ready for Sunday."
Daniels recently was named the winner of the Redskins' Ed Block Courage Award, presented to a player from each team who displays courage amid adversity. The award, named for longtime Baltimore Colts trainer Ed Block, was first presented in 1978.
Daniels has been solid, especially against the run, while also serving as a mentor to rookie defensive lineman Jeremy Jarmon. In 12 games, including 11 starts, Daniels has been credited with 28 tackles, including 17 unassisted.
"One thing he does is kind of solidify the run for us," Gray said. "If you take a look, a lot of times people have been getting some run yards on us. We put a bigger bodied guy in there and he is able to stop the run. ... He did an excellent job and hopefully we can keep him doing the same thing."
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