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After Long Absence, Arrington Returns

Linebacker LaVar Arrington suited up for the first time since Week 2 and saw limited action in Saturday's game against the San Francisco 49ers at Monster Park.

Arrington saw spot duty and finished the game with one tackle for a loss. Lemar Marshall started in Arrington's spot for the 12th consecutive game. He logged two tackles in the game.

"There was a little bit of pressure, being the first game back," Arrington said. "I felt pretty good. I was glad that things went well."

The Redskins won 26-9 with another solid defensive effort. The defense recorded three turnovers in the third quarter when the Redskins built their lead. Antonio Pierce's 78-yard interception return for the touchdown was among the key plays in the game.

For Arrington, who entered the game as probable after practicing all week with the first-team defense, it was certainly a relief to return to action after missing the last 11 games.

Arrington had arthroscopic knee surgery on Sept. 24 and was expected to miss 2-4 weeks. He returned to practice in late October after the Redskins' bye week, but suffered a setback when team doctors uncovered a bone bruise near the knee. He was sidelined indefinitely.

Arrington returned to practice heading into the Week 14 game against Philadelphia, but was held out so that could continue to regain his conditioning.

Prior to Saturday's game against San Francisco, coaches said they would use Arrington in certain packages.

"We have packages for him and as he continues to practice, we'll see,' Williams said last Thursday. "It'll be a decision we make all the way up to game time. He's practiced well this week."

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