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Redskins’ Arrington Sprains Ankle

November 5, 2001

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) _ Washington Redskins linebacker LaVar Arrington, the emerging defensive leader of a team that has won three straight, suffered a severe ankle sprain in Sunday’s 27- 14 victory over Seattle and could miss several weeks.

Arrington was hurt on the first play from scrimmage of the second half on a hit from behind.

``I have never felt a pain like I felt on that field,″ Arrington said. ``It was such a sharp pain. I just laid there, like ‘It’s broke.’ It was a bonus that they said it was just a sprain.″

Arrington’s fourth-quarter interception against Carolina three weeks ago has been the turning point of the season. His inspirational play continued Sunday when he had a key fumble recovery as the Seahawks were driving late in the first half.

Arrington’s injury is similar to one to tight end Stephen Alexander, who has missed three games. The Redskins have a bye next weekend, giving Arrington an extra week to recover, but he refused to guarantee when he’ll be back.

``When I can, I will,″ Arrington said. ``When I will, I will do. When I will do, I will do what I will do.″

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