LaVar Arrington's career free fall continues. The second pick in the 2000 draft and a starter his first four seasons before missing most of last year with a knee injury, the now healthy Redskins outside linebacker did not see any action the past two weeks. "Our staff plays the best guys," coach Joe Gibbs said, "and when LaVar is the best person to be in there, he'll be in there." Washington ranks fifth in team defense with respectable veteran Warrick Holdman playing ahead of Arrington (above), who freelances too much to suit the Skins. Still, there's little chance Arrington will be moved before his cap number plummets next June. The Redskins would take a $12.2 million hit by either trading or cutting him this year.
The Texans are off to an 0-5 start for many reasons, not the least of which is the continued beating taken by quarterback David Carr (30 sacks this season). He is already the most-abused passer since the AFL-NFL merger 35 years ago. Here are the most frequently sacked quarterbacks since 1970 (minimum 1,500 dropbacks).
Dropbacks Per Sack
David Carr, 2002--present
Neil Lomax, 1981--88
Tony Eason, 1983--90
Randall Cunningham, 1985--2001
Dave Brown, 1992--2001
HEAD TO HEAD
Bengals versus Steelers
Could this once-great rivalry be coming back to life? "The Bengals always seemed to get up more for us than anyone else," said former Steeler Terry Bradshaw, who went 4-5 in his final nine games against Cincinnati, the last in 1982. Then the Bengals lost their stripes. The Steelers have a 21-7 series record since '91, and only twice in the past 17 years has Cincy finished ahead of Pittsburgh in their division. But with two of the NFL's best young QBs, Carson Palmer and Ben Roethlisberger, leading the Bengals and Steelers, respectively, this Ohio River rivalry should be special again.
1 Fast and strong, with a terrific nose for the ball, Colts linebacker Cato June--though he is only 6 feet, 227 pounds and was not taken until the sixth round of the 2003 draft--has turned into one of the league's breakout defensive players.
2 It's stunning how uncompetitive the Texans are. I don't blame David Carr for that, but how can Houston ignore Matt Leinart if it has the first pick in the draft?
3 Most underappreciated player in football: Falcons running back Warrick Dunn. Other than the Chargers' LaDainian Tomlinson, there's not a tougher, more complete back in the league.
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