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Arrington Not Yet Cleared to Practice

LaVar Arrington is not ready to run at full speed and is expected to miss the first few practices of training camp, head coach Joe Gibbs said on Sunday.

The three-time Pro Bowl linebacker continues to rehab a knee injury that forced him to miss most of the 2004 season and off-season workouts at Redskins Park.

"Our athletic trainers and our strength and conditioning staff have been working with him, but he's not ready to go at full-go right now," Gibbs said. "I think he'll continue to work and hopefully in the near future, he'll be cleared to go.

"But obviously he'll have to be able to pass our physical running test and get back to a point where he is 100 percent as far as conditioning goes."

Arrington had just started to increase his running during the team's June mini-camp. He underwent arthroscopic knee surgery in early April, the second such procedure in a span of six months. Last September, he was diagnosed with a lateral meniscus injury in the knee.

Meantime, rookie cornerback Carlos Rogers is making progress on his ankle injury, Gibbs said.

Rogers, who has yet to sign his rookie contract and is unlikely to report to training camp until a deal is finalized, was diagnosed in late June with a first-degree sprain and a bone bruise in his ankle. The injury occurred while Rogers was working out at Auburn prior to the Redskins' June mini-camp.

During his treatment, an old stress fracture was revealed, but team officials stressed it is not a primary concern.
"We think he'll be 100 percent pretty quick, but he's not going to be ready to go at the start [of training camp]," Gibbs said.

Defensive tackle Brandon Noble is also "close" to being ready as he continues to recover from an infection related to off-season surgery on his right knee.

"We'll continue to work with him, but he won't be ready to right off the bat," Gibbs said.

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