LaVar Arrington, rehabbing his injured right knee, completed a conditioning test on Tuesday and passed "with flying colors," director of sports medicine Bubba Tyer said.
The three-time Pro Bowl linebacker could be practicing with the team, albeit on a limited basis, as early as next week.
"We're getting close," Tyer said. "LaVar's getting better."
Arrington is expected to continue through this week with his normal routine. That means Wednesday's schedule will include weight training for his legs, plus some field work in the afternoon. The Redskins have scheduled a closed practice on Wednesday evening.
If there is no lingering soreness following workouts this week, the next step would be for Arrington to take part in limited practice, including agility drills, after the Redskins' first preseason game at Charlotte, N.C., this Saturday.
Arrington missed most of the 2004 season due to the injury. Last September, he was diagnosed with a lateral meniscus injury in his knee, forcing him to have arthroscopic knee surgery that sidelined him for two months. Last April, he had arthroscopic knee surgery a second time.
Throughout training camp, Arrington has attended practices. At times, he would stand behind the defense and mimic the coverage of a play, running from sideline to sideline depending on the direction of the offense.
On Tuesday, Arrington was in an upbeat mood after practice, joking with teammates and the media. He was among several players who signed autographs well after practice had ended.