Redskins QB Brunell practices, expected to play Sunday

Updated: September 29, 2006, 3:57 PM ET
Associated Press

ASHBURN, Va. -- Washington Redskins quarterback Mark Brunell practiced Friday for the first time this week and plans to start Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

"I feel good. I practiced today, so I expect to play on Sunday," Brunell said. "The arm improved over the course of the week."

The left-handed Brunell needed three stitches to repair a nasty cut in his throwing elbow following last week's victory against the Houston Texans. He has kept the arm wrapped all week to prevent infection.

"He looked very good today, so I think we're all set," coach Joe Gibbs said.

Brunell has not missed a start due to injury since joining the Redskins in 2004, even when various ailments have kept him sidelined during midweek practices. He was especially cautious this week because an infected cut on the same elbow caused him to lose the starting job to Byron Leftwich three years ago in Jacksonville.

Also Friday, defensive tackle Joe Salave'a missed practice with a strained calf. Gibbs said Salave'a's absence was precautionary.

"We think he can play," Gibbs said.

Salave'a did not play against the Texans, but he practiced Thursday.


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