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LaVar Doing Well

Finally got a real update here:

Former Redskin linebacker LaVar Arrington was in good spirits and stable condition yesterday after crashing his motorcycle on Route 50 Monday, but remained under observation at Prince George's Hospital Center, according to his agent Carl Poston.

Poston, who visited Arrington in the hospital last night, said the former Pro Bowler would be held for 72 hours from the time of his arrival Monday morning to ensure there were no infections and that his vital signs remain strong. Poston said that Arrington, taken with the second overall pick in 2000, fractured his forearm but did not break his leg, as Poston believed was the case Monday. Arrington's leg was in a cast however, due to a severe laceration. He was not being treated for any head trauma, Poston said.

"He has some bruises but his head is fine," Poston said. "He's up there cracking jokes and being himself. He's doing great, all of his vital signs are good. They want to keep him as a precaution, and he's not going to be able to walk for a while, but he's doing well."

Arrington's playing career was already in jeopardy following a torn Achilles' he suffered with the New York Giants early in the 2006 season. He was released by the Redskins prior to that season but resides in Annapolis and is in the process of opening a restaurant in Prince George's County.

By Jason La Canfora  |  June 19, 2007; 11:26 PM ET
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Posted by: dcsween | June 19, 2007 11:33 PM | Report abuse

I still have about four threads to catch up on, but the thing that most disturbs me about the weekend's blogging are the Cooley photos ... mostly, b/c his shorts had the SKINS LOGO! I figured it was just a matter of time before he got back into the shorts of another cheerleader, but I thought he would be less literal.

Posted by: dcsween | June 19, 2007 11:36 PM | Report abuse


LaVar Arrington will return to the Skins ala John Riggins. Gibbs will be there ... it will be like old times. Finally joy will again resonate across grassy malls and knolls of old DC.

Posted by: periculum | June 19, 2007 11:43 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad to hear that LaVar is in pretty good shape all things considered.

Posted by: Stumped | June 19, 2007 11:52 PM | Report abuse

To be honest, I wouldn't be totally surprised if he took a full year off, added a few kilos (2.2lbs) and attempted a comeback as a pass rushing DE.

Anyone know a team who needs one of those??

Posted by: kost52 | June 20, 2007 12:14 AM | Report abuse

Mark my words people, one day I'll be at one of those RI Blind Date extravaganzas. I might need a fair bit of notice though! Sounds like you all had a ball. I'm jealous :-(

Posted by: kost52 | June 20, 2007 12:36 AM | Report abuse

LaVar Arrington will return to the Skins ala John Riggins. Gibbs will be there ... it will be like old times. Finally joy will again resonate across grassy malls and knolls of old DC.

Posted by: periculum | June 19, 2007 11:43 PM

One Big dif..Riggo had a successful Redskins career. Hey, I'm glad the dude is okay, but was a major disappointment. Between injuries, his lack of self-discipline inability or unwillingness to learn his position and Me First attitude.

As a #2 overall? A major bust. When they dumped him before, I was glad to see him go, and figured he'd figure some way to disappoint the Giants, too.

Now then, glad to hear all the happy hysteria about RockyMac. But then with him it never had been a matter of talent or willingnes to work and learn, it's his iffy health. WIth everyone healthy, should be a domninant LB corps this year.

Posted by: CORKCZAR | June 20, 2007 12:42 AM | Report abuse

there goes periculum blogging while under the influence of crank and grain alcohol again. also, on the last thread he mentioned McCardell playing for KC and Saunders.....on what planet was that sir? I would love to party with you

Posted by: Wank | June 20, 2007 1:13 AM | Report abuse

"One Big dif..Riggo had a successful Redskins career. Hey, I'm glad the dude is okay, but was a major disappointment. Between injuries, his lack of self-discipline inability or unwillingness"

You've just described John Riggins and Dexter Manley for that matter to a "T". Riggins retired, went back to Kansas and became a bum. Gibbs convinced him to come out of retirement and try again Why? Because Riggins couldn't handle the last minute loss in the playoffs under Jack Pardee. He gained 154 yards, caught a bunch of passes but the defense was porous. He just gave up.

To be honest it would be in Gibbs best interest to go convince LaVar to do what it takes to come back. I think if Gibbs did that ... the way he convinced Riggins you would see a far different LaVar. He would return with far more focus on the goal than you have ever seen before! I'm surprised Gibbs hasn't done that yet? Hmmmm, perhaps he is waiting and watching ... and then there is Grilliams and his bizarre prejudices. That was one of Gibbs more brilliant moves!!!! If not the most brilliant!?

That is the genius of Gibbs. Not in "X's" and "O's" but in knowing his players and what they are capable of. Knowing his coaches and what they are capable of. Look at what Richie Petitbone accomplished once out from under Jack Pardee? Amazing things!!!

Then there is the sad story of Dexter Manley. Dexter got high on cocaine more frequently after depressing losses to the DAMNED COWBOYS!! And then got suspended when the team needed him most. Not endearing to either Petitbone or Gibbs. Dexter bled burgundy and gold. He still does. He could still play today probably better than the two ends this blog so loves to denigrate. He is in that good shape for his age!!! Imagine what Dexter Jr. would be like if they draft him? And finally hired Dad on has a coach. The drugs are an explanation, not an excuse. He is still a recovering drug addict and will be for the rest of his life.

Here's the "bottom line" as it were? Allen talked about resurrecting players at the end of their careers. Guys too old for other teams but just old enough for Allen. Gibbs actually brought guys back from nowhere. So many unknown guys made his teams and excelled! Starting at quarterback. Receiver. And on defense. Allen never truly did that. That was mostly publicity and hype. Gibbs made it true in his own way, in his own fashion. He resurrected the rivalry with Dallas beyond anything even Allen imagined. And Allen himself paid Gibbs his due watching the team improve its first year under Gibbs while Allen was still a color man in the booth.

That is Gibbs gift. Not genius schemes and systems. Just knowing people. Seeing character in all its guises. And POTENTIAL! And he still has that ability ... he just needs to bring it to the fore and rely on it as he used to ...

Posted by: periculum | June 20, 2007 1:23 AM | Report abuse

I would love to see LaVar back with the Skins in 2008 after rehabbing a bit.

What does everyone think?

We were talking about real Redskins a few threads back, well here's another. I like kost's idea about him coming back as a pass-rushing DE (frankly I think that our current linebacker corp is solid now and has some good depth). In any event, it'd be great to get the original Eastern Motors gang back for a spot.

Posted by: TDawg | June 20, 2007 2:12 AM | Report abuse

periculum, i managed to skip your entry before posting just now (as i sighed, counting the many posts it couldn't been toward the 100K)... but you're right on, my friend.

gibbs is a guy that get these "nobodies" and make them into stars-- ahem, Mark Rypien sat on the sidelines watching and waiting, then boom-- superbowl.

LaVar is a good local product; sure, he didn't live up to the hype, but he's a real Redskin through-and-through. Surely, at 28 (or 29 after rehabbing), he wouldn't be too old for this squad. I'm just sayin'.

Posted by: TDawg | June 20, 2007 2:16 AM | Report abuse

is anyone coming out to Indiana anytime soon? i'd be down for getting together.

Posted by: TDawg | June 20, 2007 2:18 AM | Report abuse

Day shift is here. 'KuMan, that was a beautiful piece you wrote last night.

Posted by: Redcoat | June 20, 2007 6:49 AM | Report abuse

Next RI party
At undisclosed location
Haikus only, please....

Posted by: HaikuMan | June 20, 2007 6:50 AM | Report abuse

Sir Redcoat, thank you!
Do you hail from o'er the pond?
Cheers and a pint, friend!

Posted by: HaikuMan | June 20, 2007 6:54 AM | Report abuse

HaikuMan my friend
I was born and raised English
But here now forever

Posted by: Redcoat | June 20, 2007 7:03 AM | Report abuse

HaikuMan returns!
Cindy's blog crush lives again
Her heart full once more

Posted by: Redcoat | June 20, 2007 7:07 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Anonymous | June 20, 2007 7:20 AM | Report abuse

Thank goodness!

Lavar may be difficult to coach but he's a great guy. I'd love to see him back with the Skins in '08 and I'm sure he'd have a great shot at comeback player of the year (if his knee is good).

When his restaurant open's in PG County, you can bet I'll stop by every time I'm in town.

Keep your head up Lavar! You'll always be a 'Skin to me.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 20, 2007 7:33 AM | Report abuse

It's great to hear taht lavar is doing well.

What's the deal with the report on ESPN about the Redskins attempting to sign Keenan McCardell? He's like 50 yrs old and played for Gibbs in his go around.

Posted by: Rob | June 20, 2007 8:28 AM | Report abuse

Good to hear that LeVar is doing well.

Posted by: jm220 | June 20, 2007 8:43 AM | Report abuse

LaVar isn't coming back. As long as G Will is coaching LaVar will not be back.

Posted by: skinzgirl53 | June 20, 2007 8:46 AM | Report abuse

F Lavar. Overrated freelancer.

Posted by: disappointed | June 20, 2007 8:52 AM | Report abuse

disappointed pulling out the hammer. Double smack to the back of your damn head! It's doesn't matter if you think he is overrated or not. You should just be happy that he is doing well.

Posted by: jm220 | June 20, 2007 9:15 AM | Report abuse

I am definitely glad that he's ok. Motorcycles are SO dangerous. He could have been way worse off than just a broken arm. Hopefully he'll take a class and get a proper license!

Posted by: skinzgirl53 | June 20, 2007 9:17 AM | Report abuse

True skinzgirl53, and G Will might not be coaching after this year.

Disappointed, do you think if you were a D coordinator, that you would have been able to use Lavar in a way that would best suit him?

I know he had a two coaches who tried to fit a square peg into a round hole. Coach Marvin Lewis and coach Greg Williams.

So, while it might not say much to say LaVar is and always will be a freelancer, but is it not as idiotic that these coaches kept trying to make him something he is not? If that was the case they should have traded him for Clinton Portis.

The is the same situation with Portis. He is not a follow the blocker type of guy. He is best beyond the line where is great open field speed and moves can take it to the house. When he has to wait on a lumbering guard pulling in front of him, his game is shot.

So, overall, I would say that coaches should either try to use a player to his strengths, or get rid of that player. Too many egos thing they can change a person.

Mike Vick?
LaVar Arrington?
Clinton Portis?
Sean Taylor?
Randy Moss?

Posted by: Zebra | June 20, 2007 9:18 AM | Report abuse

I'm glad to hear that Lavar is doing well. Jason, any idea where we can send him a card?

Posted by: Lisa | June 20, 2007 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Never F Lavar...

He may not have attained the carreer predicted but he was a great skins on some bad teams. Man people have short memories...

Posted by: chris larry | June 20, 2007 9:19 AM | Report abuse

People do have short memories cuz when he was here people were screaming his name and buying jersey's like crazy!

Posted by: skinzgirl53 | June 20, 2007 9:22 AM | Report abuse

i don't know much but i know this, when he was here he was a good teammate, a leader on the team, and gave it all on the field, he got along with some coaches and some not.

I hated the fact that he went to the Giants. And wouldn't you know that the reason he left (Dale Lindsay) got fired the year after he left. A year too late.

I hated him for leaving but after they fired lindsay this year, Lavar was acuited of any wrong doing in my eyes.

I'll always root for him unless he goes to another team and plays against the skins.

F Lindsay!

Posted by: dealer | June 20, 2007 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Well said Dealer, well said!

Posted by: chris larry | June 20, 2007 9:30 AM | Report abuse

I still have his jersey, and just might wear it every once in a while. I wore Champs jersey once last year. I can admit it is my superstition after 5 loses (including preseason)in a row. Alas the loss at Dallas proved that wrong.

So we have won 5 games while I wore my Moss jersey. For Xmas, I got the Storm Cooley jersey. We shall see how we do this year!

Posted by: Zebra | June 20, 2007 9:34 AM | Report abuse

I swear, motorcycles are probably the most dangerous mode of transportation out there. A friend of mine from high school was driving his motorcycle one time, and he came down a hill too fast while trying to brake and turn at the same time. He ended up sliding off of the bike and his legs were caught underneath an already parked car. Both of his legs had to be amputated and he has been in a wheel chair since. I think it is pretty stupid for some of these sports stars to take serious risks with there health when that is their profession. I wish LaVar the best, but people either need to be more careful or give up motorcycles.

Posted by: Macaca Johnson | June 20, 2007 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Ditto what dealer said.

Posted by: Joe in Raleigh | June 20, 2007 9:42 AM | Report abuse

I'm going through football withdrawals!!! How much more time do we have? First preseason game is the beginning of August, right?

Posted by: skinzgirl53 | June 20, 2007 9:42 AM | Report abuse

50 Days. August 9th Titans

Posted by: Zebra | June 20, 2007 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Diesel | June 20, 2007 9:51 AM | Report abuse

I think Lavar was beginning to get things togther with the Giants, before he was injured. If he had stayed healthy he probably would still be with them.

I can see him returning to football successfully. The Redskins would be wise to at least try him out (no promises).

Posted by: Gonzo, MD | June 20, 2007 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Good find Diesal! I like the idea of adding McCardell. Proven vet who can come in and take Lloyd's place if hr F's up or ARE gets injured!

"POSTED 6:46 p.m. EDT, June 19, 2007


Wow. It looks like we've arrived.

Not long ago, our reports were little more than a flickering blip in the far fringes of the radar screen. Now, NFL teams are issuing press releases to refute our stories.

On Tuesday, the Redskins released a "Statement in Response to Report on" (The online version of the release has a different title.)

Said the team, "No one at the Washington Redskins has had any meetings or discussions with Bill Cowher or anyone else regarding any coaching position with the Redskins."

Though we appreciate the attention, we wouldn't expect the team to say anything else. They have a Hall-of-Fame coach who might end up wanting to stay beyond 2007. Talking to his potential replacement is bad form, even if it's good business. And saying anything other than "we haven't talked to Cowher" would be stoopid, if they've talked to Cowher.

An e-mail we received from a reader best describes the situation: "Of course no one from the Redskins organization has talked to Bill Cowher. And Nick Saban isn't going to be the Alabama coach."


Posted by: 4th | June 20, 2007 10:17 AM | Report abuse

In honour of HaikuMan's return, I quote from a poem by the great William Wordsworth; it's about a puddle.

I've measured it from side to side,
'Tis three feet long, and two feet wide

They don't write them like that anymore.

Now all we need is the return of Loco Mullen.

Posted by: Redcoat | June 20, 2007 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Wow, Cowher as Redskins coach? Demand in the DC area for chin implants would double overnight.

I can't see it. Because of Gibbs' age, the current standing of the team, and Snyder's relentless quest for 'success' (more money) Washington are going to be linked with every and any coach -even ones who aren;t available - but surely even Snyder wouldn't be dumb enough to kill his golden goose?

Posted by: Redcoat | June 20, 2007 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Thanks Zebra! Not sure I can last that long...

Posted by: skinzgirl53 | June 20, 2007 10:31 AM | Report abuse

I agree on McCardell, 4th. Souperman needs a vet WR to help him along, and we need a move the chains WR to complement Moss and ARE.

Posted by: Deisel | June 20, 2007 10:31 AM | Report abuse

jm220 I saw on another thread that you attended Forestville. I didn't know you were from PG. Are you from Forestville or District Heights?

Posted by: LH | June 20, 2007 10:34 AM | Report abuse

It is also stoopid to bring in another 'here for a minute' coach not trying to build a team, just win a championship. Not saying that Gibbs is just here for a championship, but Snyder seems to think that.

So if Gibbs is really building something, Snyder should hang on to who he has and promote from within.

If not, go out and get a young coach (Grimm) and let him build. No Spurrier flash in the pan plan, No Shottenheimer who can almost win it all, a young, UNPROVEN guy who wants in the worst way to prove it.

But, if we do well, I think gibbs will stick around. I think he has delegated enough of the responsibility to other coaches where he has a life. That is the true reason he brought Saunders in.

Posted by: Zebra | June 20, 2007 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Our new gen Art Monk, so have you........

Posted by: 4th | June 20, 2007 10:38 AM | Report abuse

LH yes it is true. I am from Forestiville. Which is why my other team is the Raiders (yes I know they sucked for a long time as well lol). Go Knights

Posted by: jm220 | June 20, 2007 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Funny WORK related story.

Had a snafu, the word Global spelled Blogal.

Just a funny tidbit. Maybe that will be our new BUZZ word.

Posted by: Zebra | June 20, 2007 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Does that mean that the plan for "Global Domination from the Serengeti Plain" has been changed to "Blogal Domination"?
Does that mean that RI will become "Zebra Talk"?

Posted by: cload and daggar | June 20, 2007 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Could someone please explain all the Grimm-love to me? I'm not saying he wouldn't be a great head coach, but the Steelers -- who know him best -- didn't want him, and I would like to understand the reasons for the confidence that a lot of bloggers here have in him.

Posted by: KK | June 20, 2007 10:49 AM | Report abuse

My real world dream scenario (with SB victory obvi being #1):

- 10-6 season, close loss in NFC championship

- Gibbs decides to step aside from HC, and remain as prez of football ousting VC and brining in young executive to mentor and serve under Gibbs.

- Manboobs gets better offer, Blanche takes over DEF

- Weird Al's OFF blows up he stays

- Gibbs brings in Grimm who is the true Gibbs 2.0, he keeps Buges on as wizard and Grimm "bench coach" type roll like FB version of Don Zimmer...

- Grimm only slightly tweaks staff

- Skins have (most) of their draft picks in place

- Cooley/Reaper kept in fold

- Portis/Betts first dual 1000 yard backfield since Browns Mack/Byner....

Posted by: chris larry | June 20, 2007 10:53 AM | Report abuse

The Steelers HAD to choose someone of color since the rule to interview minorities is named after their owner. Also, they have a track record of picking someone young and up and comming outside of the team to be coach.

There cheaper too....

Posted by: 4th | June 20, 2007 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Also I think Steelers wanted clean break from Cohwer era....

Other than KK Grimm love does not need to be explained, obvious in every way....

Posted by: chris larry | June 20, 2007 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Nate; If you are around, I sent said image to your gmail account. There are probably others, but I thought that one was funny looking. Like it was saying something to you.

Posted by: Zebra | June 20, 2007 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Keenan McCardell coming back to the Redskins???

Posted by: DaKid6945 | June 20, 2007 11:00 AM | Report abuse

McCardell was a possession receiver, 5 years ago. The Skins don't need to pay him veteran money to give us 7 catches and 80 yards for the season. We can get more production out of Lloyd, Thrash, and Espy (when he makes the team). I think the Skins are fine with depth at the WR position.

Posted by: CC | June 20, 2007 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Yes cload and dagger, yes. Blogal domination from the Serengeti. You can see us coming. You just dont know how many!

Posted by: Zebra | June 20, 2007 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Seems to me with Africa, Austria, Europe and parts of Asia represented on here the Redskins Insider as already achieved Blogal Domination....

Posted by: chris larry | June 20, 2007 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Other than KK Grimm love does not need to be explained, obvious in every way....

Posted by: chris larry | June 20, 2007 10:59 AM

Chris Larry,

That's not even a respectable punt. More like a shank. Either you don't understand it yourself (as in, "If you have to explain love, it's not love") or you're still hung over.

Posted by: KK | June 20, 2007 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Keenan McCardell is ancient. If they wanted a possession WR still they should have thrown money at Keyshawn. And I hate that guy....but at least he is younger and still would be productive. McCardell caught what like 30 balls in SD on an offense that has Gates and LT. Then pushed out the door for young unproven players.

Posted by: cdubb | June 20, 2007 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Jaysis KK here it is:

- Grimm's legend as a player

- Grimm's past experience as a Skins coach, employee of Snyder

- Grimm's succsess as a coach in Pittsburg, the respect and value that Cowher had in him. Gives him Asst Coach Bonafides in two stops

- Is always on short lists of coaches, some guys dont interview that well and arent sexy picks so they get passed over. Often the dudes who get passed over do great when they get their shot: Exhibit A: Willie Randolf

- For the skins he brings a Gibbs centered philosphy that has been tweaked and adapted to modern style game, no learning curve

- For skins he could be fresh voice yet bundled with continuity by keeping buges, working within structure Gibbs has rebuilt. Best of both worlds.

- For skins could be younger leader better equiped to deal with modern athelete

- For skins he knows area, the +/- of the area, will get the early benift of doubt and will continue the retro excitement of Gibbs 2.0

- Assure the skins we dont make some lame sexy hire like a Cohwer/Spurrier type deal that will be nothing but a cash grab for that person

- Brings with him a tradition of O Line which has been our true consisstant and a position we have talent in

Need I go on......jeesh...

Posted by: chris larry | June 20, 2007 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Very good points CL. That chop salad is working wonders for you. lol

Posted by: jm220 | June 20, 2007 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Chris Larry,

Thanks! Very clear. You don't need to go on.

Posted by: KK | June 20, 2007 11:28 AM | Report abuse

NP! I am here to serve....

Posted by: chris larry | June 20, 2007 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Nate in NYC for a few more hours | June 20, 2007 11:33 AM | Report abuse

... right up until the zebras take over.

Posted by: cload and daggar | June 20, 2007 11:34 AM | Report abuse

And dont forget that head coach Grimm goes well with the Brothers Grimm. I.E. Grim Reaper and Grim Fate

Posted by: Zebra | June 20, 2007 11:34 AM | Report abuse

I got to work today and was notified that in addition to Dick Clark's franchise, Daniel Snyder has purchased the Air Force. He said he would not make any "drastic" changes but already he has changed our uniforms from the familiar camoflague to Batman suits and instead of combat boots we have all been issued roller skates.

When asked about the fate of our billion dollar fighter plane arsenal, Snyder simply said "thats what the skates are for"

I hate my life

Posted by: Cheyenne, WY | June 20, 2007 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Very nice Nate!!

I will be placing my order this Friday on Pay Day!

Posted by: Zebra | June 20, 2007 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Finally read the McCardell piece on ESPN. Did I just read an entire article on the Skins by Pasquerrelli without a cheap slag? We should all play the lottery today!

Posted by: chris larry | June 20, 2007 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Shout out to CLarry. Your dream scenario and support of Grimm, yeoman work.

F Chopped Salads, stick with the Jamisons. You have never sounded smarter.

Posted by: k Squared | June 20, 2007 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Mack Daddy(aka CL), I'm sorry you had to type all that up.

if you don't dig grimm as the HC of the skins. bo, you don't know diddly!

Posted by: dealer | June 20, 2007 12:07 PM | Report abuse

dealer, um, you realize anything you say about head coaches is colored by your staunch support of Spurrier, right? I agree with you on Grimm, but I'm just sayin'

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | June 20, 2007 12:13 PM | Report abuse

CL-in the words of Dougie Fresh and the Get Fresh Crew: ''eeeeeeeeeeeeyyyyyyyyyyyy yyyyyyyoooooooooo....aaaaaaaiiiiiiiiggggggghhhhhhhht!'

Nicely said on Lavar bruh.

AMTTS moves to the lower east side of manhattan next weekend. I will be repping Glover Park in Soho.

Posted by: ArtMonkToTheSticks | June 20, 2007 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Flag on the play...

Delay of blog. 5 yard penalty, repeat first down.

Posted by: Redcoat as Zebra | June 20, 2007 12:50 PM | Report abuse

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