Samuels addresses injury and the future
In an appearance with teammates and owner Daniel Snyder at the Redskins' annual Thanksgiving food giveaway at FedEx Field, Chris Samuels spoke of his injury and his future in football.
Samuels suffered a neck injury Oct. 11 in the Redskins' loss to Carolina and his condition, further complicated by stenosis, caused him to be placed on injured reserve Oct. 31. Although he has not announced his retirement, Samuels, league sources have said, will not play again.
"I really don't know at this point. It was a pretty bad injury, stenosis is something I've been dealing with for years, so we'll have to sit back and wait and see," Samuels said. "I'm definitely optimistic about it. However it unfolds, I know the good Lord will take care of me, so I'll be happy with it. ..... I have to wait and see the doctors, so it'll be a few months, and I'll sit back and pray about the situation and make a great choice."
He was philosophical about his future after football, while insisting that he has made no decision.
"I'm not scared at all. I mean, I've had a blessed career, I played 10 years, I've been playing this game a long time," Samuels said. "It'll definitely be different, it'll be a little hard, but I'll make it. I mean, football is just something I did for a living for a while, it's not something that defines me."
[Editor's note: Dan will have more on Samuels' comments later. He's assigned to coverage of the death of Abe Pollin now.]
November 24, 2009; 6:01 PM ET
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