Redskins agree to terms with DT Russell

Updated: October 30, 2003, 1:47 PM ET

LANDOVER, Maryland - Having difficulty in stopping opponents after getting off to a good start, the Washington Redskins turned to Darryl Russell, who has had trouble abiding by the league's substance abuse policy.

Washington on Wednesday agreed to terms on a one-year contract with Russell, a two-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle. Terms of the deal were not revealed.

Russell has not not played in the NFL since 2001 and on Monday was reinstated by the league after being suspended for a violation of the substance abuse policy. The Oakland Raiders released him shortly after he was reinstated.

The 6-5, 325-pound Russell was selected by the Raiders with the second overall pick in the 1997 draft and spent five seasons with them. In 75 games, including 65 starts, he has 176 tackles and 28 1/2 sacks.

"You go through life with trials and tribulations and as long as you learn from everything, you can just go from there," Russell said. "Everything I've learned in my period waiting to come back, I'm ready to apply."

The Redskins (3-4) have allowed 86 points in losing its last three games. Washington is coming off its bye week and visits the first-place Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

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