Friday, September 29, 2006
Redskins QB Brunell practices, expected to play Sunday
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
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
"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