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Moss Hopeful of Facing Steelers

From Jason Reid: Top wide receiver Santana Moss, who did not participate in team drills for the fourth straight day, tested his sore hamstring while running under the supervision of trainers today and hopes to play against Pittsburgh.

"I feel better today, Moss said. "I ran today. That's a good sign."

Moss, however, did not make the sharp cuts required in route running, which would be the next step to determine the strength of his hamstring. "It was all just straight ahead," Coach Jim Zorn said. "We just wanted to see, as he ran, where was the tenderness. Was there any grabbing or anything like that? We're going to do it again [Sunday], see how he feels and then we'll just make a game-time decision."

If Moss sat out against Pittsburgh, No. 3 wide receiver James Thrash would take his spot and rookie wide receiver Devin Thomas could have an increased role on offense.

"If Santana can't go, I know that James Thrash will step up," quarterback Jason Campbell said. "But you know, it would be good to have Santana out there.

"He such a dynamic player. He's one of these receivers who, whenever he gets the ball in his hands, can take one to the house. We need him in this kind of game against a team like this. Hopefully, he'll be good to go."

By Emilio Garcia-Ruiz  |  November 1, 2008; 1:55 PM ET
 | Tags: Top receiver feeling better  
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...GO 'TANA GO ....

Posted by: bobeaston | November 1, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

As optimistic as they're trying to sound, this is not a good sign. Two days before a game and he's still only running straight ahead. As much as he is needed for this team, he needs to sit this week, rest during the bye, then come back full strength for the last 7 games of the season. It's not worth it to risk the majority of his season on one game.

Posted by: spizzle | November 1, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Rest 'Tana rest!!!

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | November 1, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

that should say it's not worth it to risk the majority of the rest of his season on one game.

Posted by: spizzle | November 1, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

I'm surprised that Zorn is so straightforward about Santana's situation. He should lie a bit, like Obama.

Posted by: skinsin2008 | November 1, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse


I'm holding my breath.

Posted by: charley42 | November 1, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Don't worry, skinsin2008.

In a few days, you can stop fearing the future, and get back to talking about Redskins football.

At least when you're on RI.

Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | November 1, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

From The RedskinsBlog

This week’s game, obviously, is on Monday night, which means that there’s an extra day in this football workweek. That extra day is today, Saturday, which becomes pretty much Friday Revisited. This meant that the team was out for an 11:00 practice, although it did not nearly match yesterday’s in length or intensity — more of an extended workout.
Nothing major to note beyond a Santana Moss update: according to Coach Zorn, “he got to run a little bit today, but all just straight ahead.” Still, Zorn calls him a gametime decision. Chris Samuels is also going to be a gametime decision depending on how his knee feels.
Carlos Rogers was limited again in practice, but Zorn expects him to be there for the game. And LaRon Landry was all over the practice field again, disrupting passes and doing all those Landry-esque things.
The Monday Night Football crew was here, watching practice and having their production meetings, but other than that it was a fairly quiet day.

JLC- Can you give us an update on Samuels and Rogers?

Posted by: Skins28 | November 1, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Without Moss and against the Steelers, I would think that the Skins would actually go more with the West Coast offense - a lot of dump offs to Portis and short throws to the receivers.

Posted by: charley42 | November 1, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

It's time for Devin to have a breakout game!! :D Go Devin!!

Posted by: rachel216 | November 1, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Santana will play, mark my words!!! HTTR!!

Posted by: Skins28 | November 1, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Without Moss and against the Steelers, I would think that the Skins would actually go more with the West Coast offense - a lot of dump offs to Portis and short throws to the receivers.

Posted by: charley42

I see it the other way, actually. Moss is the best route-runner on the team, so losing him I think would mean losing a lot of the west coast attack. I think you'd see a much more Gibbsian attack with an emphasis on the run, playaction passes to Devin Thomas deep, and a reliance on Cooley and Randle El across the middle. It'll be interesting seeing how Zorn copes with having by far his best weapon out of his gameplan (if it comes down to that).

Posted by: spizzle | November 1, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

How about Davis? Maybe a two tight-end set would be a good idea to run against the Steelers... if that bastard has learned the offense... and yes, it is time for D. Thomas to have a break out game. We'll need those rookies for a playoff run, because we keep the load on CP every week. Let's have JC spread it out on Offense just a little more; he's obviously capable...

Posted by: noseman4681 | November 1, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Santana Moss - WR - Washington Redskins Posted 11/1/08 3:07pm et
The Washington Times reports Washington Redskins WR Santana Moss (hamstring) did some straight ahead running Saturday, Nov. 1. He is optimistic about his chances of playing during Week 9. Head coach Jim Zorn said he remains a game-time decision.
The Huddle's Take: He's been one of the more consistent receivers on the season and owners will miss him for two weeks in a row if he's unable to play this week, due to next week's bye. This news, therefore, is good. While he's a game time decision, right now the odds would be on him being a go. His starting status for fantasy owners will depending on how much risk owners need to, or are willing to, take.

Posted by: Skins28 | November 1, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Tana will play. Suisham will play a key role in this game. Gonna be a tight one I think. Make your FG's, kick it deep and we should be OK.


Posted by: Notorious_LMG | November 2, 2008 5:50 AM | Report abuse

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