Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs said he expects quarterback Mark Brunell to start Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. Brunell sprained his right knee in last week's victory over the New York Giants, but he practiced Friday for the second straight day. "Mark took most of the script and looked good," Gibbs said. "I'm sure that's the way we'll start." Brunell was injured when he was sacked early in the third quarter against the Giants. Patrick Ramsey finished the game and has been preparing to start the Eagles game if Brunell can't play. The Redskins will clinch a playoff spot with a victory. "It's tough for anyone to be on the sidelines, but it would be especially tough now," Brunell said.
December 2005 - Washington Redskins Wiretap
Brunell Day-To-Day With Sprained Knee
Joe Gibbs interrupted Christmas Day, his only day off in the entire season, to make an anxious phone call about the status of Mark Brunell's knee. "I was concerned," Gibbs said. "I wanted to see what happened overnight. He gave me a good report." Washington Redskins director of sports medicine Bubba Tyer told Gibbs the knee had very little swelling. There was more good news Monday, when an MRI confirmed the original diagnosis: a mild sprain of the MCL in Brunell's right knee, with no further damage. "Just a sprain. Nothing really serious," Brunell said. "Just kind of what we thought going in." Gibbs and Brunell tried to be as vague as possible, but there were clear hints of optimism that the quarterback will ready to start the game that could clinch the Redskins' first playoff berth in six years. A victory Sunday over Philadelphia guarantees Washington (9-6) at least a wild card spot and would mean the NFC East title if the New York Giants lose at Oakland on Saturday night. "You can't hold me to it," Gibbs said, "but I would guess that he'll take some time off early in the week and hopefully we'll able to work him in (to practice) toward the end of the week."