Pro Bowl linebacker LaVar Arrington underwent arthroscopic surgery in his right knee for a lateral meniscus tear yesterday and will probably be out 2-4 weeks, leaving the Washington Redskins, the league's top-ranked defense, without one of its most dangerous players.
After his knee swelled Wednesday night, Arrington visited orthopedic surgeon James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., yesterday and the decision was made to trim a meniscus flap that was causing continued discomfort.
Arrington is expected to be on crutches for a week.
Reserve Lemar Marshall is expected to start in his spot.
In other Redskins news, quarterback Mark Brunell was a spectator again during practice because of a strained hamstring. Coach Joe Gibbs stopped short of declaring Patrick Ramsey the starter for the Cowboys game, but the coach said that would be his expectation "from what we know today."
The Miami Dolphins and Pittsburgh Steelers were investigating the possibility of moving their game up one day to tomorrow because of looming Hurricane Jeanne. Dolphins spokesman Harvey Greene said no decision would be made before this morning. The Dolphins' season opener against Tennessee, a 17-7 loss, was also pushed up a day because of Hurricane Frances . . . The Dolphins might win the right to collect the $8.6 million they say they are owed from retired running back Ricky Williams, but lose the rights to him in the process. Jim Fierberg, a Miami bankruptcy attorney, said that if Williams were to file bankruptcy, he could become a free agent, and the Dolphins could end up with nothing from Williams but a small percentage of the $8.6 million the Dolphins are seeking. The risk for Williams is that he might lose all assets except one of his Florida homes . . . Running back Edgerrin James, sidelined two days with a strained hamstring, returned to practice and could be ready to play when the Indianapolis Colts host the Green Bay Packers Sunday . . . Two-time Pro Bowl tight end Jeremy Shockey insisted his lack of comfort with the New York Giants' new offense is not the fault of coach Tom Coughlin. "It's not him, it's just me," Shockey said. "I'm not used to doing the things that I'm doing and I take that as a challenge," he said. Shockey believed the new offense was making him block too much, and it had him in motion so much, he was tired before the ball was snapped . . . Atlanta Falcons running back Warrick Dunn (knee) returned to practice and is expected to play Sunday against Arizona. He is tied for the NFL lead with four touchdowns . . . Browns cornerbacks Daylon McCutcheon (broken finger) and Anthony Henry (concussion) sat out part of practice and could miss Sunday's game against the Giants.