Redskins LB visits doctor after straining knee


Washington Redskins: LaVar Arrington strained his right knee in practice Monday, a setback for the three-time Pro Bowl linebacker hoping to play this week after missing four games.

Arrington was hurt on a wet practice field as the Redskins returned from a four-day, bye-weekend vacation.

"I think he just kind of slipped on the grass out there," coach Joe Gibbs said.

Arrington had surgery on the knee Sept. 23. He was optimistic that he could use the extra week of rest during the bye to return for Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers.

Arrington took the field in full pads Monday, but his injury prompted yet another trip to see a doctor before practice ended.

"I don't think it's much of a setback, but we'll see," Gibbs said.

In other Redskins injury news, kicker John Hall (strained groin) missed practice and remained day-to-day. Linebacker Mike Barrow (tendinitis) also did not practice, and the team is considering shutting him down for the season.

Oakland Raiders: Starting left guard Frank Middleton and
rookie receiver Carlos Francis have been lost for the remainder of
the Raiders' season because of injuries that will require surgery.

In addition, four-time Pro Bowl cornerback Charles Woodson was
having an MRI exam Monday for a hip pointer and his status was

Defensive tackle Ted Washington has bruised ribs, but coach Norv Turner was
optimistic he might be able to play Sunday at San Diego.

If Ron Stone, who has been nursing a left knee strain, is healthy
enough to go this week, he would play right guard, moving Brad Badger
into the left guard spot to replace Middleton.

Dallas Cowboys: Receiver Terry Glenn will be out at least two weeks because of a sprained right foot.

Coach Bill Parcells said the injury won't require surgery but is "pretty severe."

Glenn aggravated his foot in the first quarter of Sunday's 41-20 loss at Green Bay. He had just one catch for 6 yards in that game,
and has 24 for 400 yards this season.

Receiver Quincy Morgan, acquired in a trade from Cleveland for Antonio Bryant last week, strained his hamstring against Green Bay. Parcells said Morgan is day to day with his injury.

Morgan would be the likely replacement for Glenn in the starting lineup. He had four catches for 76 yards against the Packers.

Seattle Seahawks: Seahawks outside linebacker Isaiah Kacyvenski sustained a high right ankle sprain against Arizona and is doubtful for Sunday's game with Carolina.

Coach Mike Holmgren said results of an MRI exam Monday weren't
immediately known. No timeline was definite, but Holmgren said the
fifth-year pro is "probably going to miss a few weeks."

"It's pretty sore," Holmgren said. "If it's the high ankle,
typically they last longer. ... Let me just say he's doubtful right

The linebacking corps has been depleted after injuries to
starting outside linebackers Anthony Simmons (shoulder) and Chad Brown (broken leg). Seattle gets a boost when Brown, who declined
interviews Monday, returns this week.

New York Jets: Reserve linebacker Jason Glenn will miss four to six weeks with a broken right arm.

Glenn, a standout on special teams, was injured in a 13-7 loss to the Patriots on Sunday.

Coach Herm Edwards also said Monday that nickel back Derrick Strait (foot) and middle linebacker Sam Cowart (knee) would try to practice this week and are questionable for next Monday night's
game against Miami. Right guard Brandon Moore, who has missed two straight games, is still questionable with a strained hamstring.

New York Giants: Giants coach Tom Coughlin
wants to talk with Barrett Green before discussing the status of
the benched linebacker for this week's game with Minnesota.

Green, who signed a five-year, $16 million contract in the
offseason, lost his starting job at weakside linebacker last week
for being late to a meeting during the bye week.

"I'll declare (Green's) status once we begin the week,"
Coughlin said Monday. "Once we have a chance to sit down and talk
about it, once I have a chance to look at Minnesota. I'll be glad
to talk to you about that on Wednesday."

Green refused to say anything meaningful about his status on

Chicago Bears: The Bears claimed tight end John Owens off waivers from Detroit on Monday and waived defensive end Alain Kashama.

The 6-foot-3, 270-pound Owens was in his third season with the
Lions. He has five career catches, all in his rookie season of
2002, and had been inactive for all six of the Lions' games this

Kashama, an undrafted free agent, made the roster based on his
performance in training camp. He played two games with the Bears
this season.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.