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Samuels Plans to Play Monday

Jason Reid reports:

Pro Bowl left tackle Chris Samuels plans to play Monday against the Pittsburgh Steelers despite knee pain that caused him to sit out Washington's last game, he said yesterday at Redskins Park.

Samuels experienced discomfort in pregame warmups and missed Sunday's 25-17 victory over the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. An MRI exam Monday revealed a cartilage problem but no damage and, Samuels said, "I'm thinking definitely" he will be ready to face Pittsburgh.

The Redskins planned to proceed cautiously with Samuels in practice this week, but Samuels said he's eager to return to work. "I'll talk to the trainers because I'm starting to feel a lot better," Samuels said. "I want to practice this week."

By Cindy Boren  |  October 28, 2008; 12:50 PM ET
 
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Posted by: Curzon417 | October 28, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

good we will need him!!!

Posted by: rswink | October 28, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

I hope they take their time with him. We can't aford to lose him for a long period of time.

JM220

Posted by: icetotalpackage | October 28, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Let's just pray it stays that way so you can continue to ignore the holes that are there just like Vinny does.

Posted by: zjfr2 | October 28, 2008 1:08 PM

Does not matter if I ignore the holes or Rant about the holes for all of RI to hear. The FO is not going to listen to me or do what I want them to. I have had huge problems with this FO, but things look like they are changing.

And by the way, the guy we signed a week and half ago did pretty well.

Posted by: Curzon417 | October 28, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

alex, think draft picks are as follows

1
no 2 Taylor
3
4
no 5 taylor
no 6 kendal
no 7 James

Posted by: zjfr2 | October 28, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

this blog needs more suddenness

Posted by: SirAnonymoustheGreat | October 28, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Samuels is one of the few irreplaceables on this team. The drop off from Samuels to Heyer is huge. Not to mention it puts Campbell's health at risk. Heyer struggled against the Lions, I can only image it would be worse against Pittsburgh.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | October 28, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Question to that FOR THE LAST TIME WAIT AND SEE CROWD, what do we do next year? We are going to have to replace the following:

Posted by: zjfr2 | October 28, 2008 12:35 PM |

Jack,

Whoa, hoss, you're getting ahead of yourself. On Redskins Insider, Tuesday is the day to pointlessly consider last year's draft and bash Vinnie. So your criticism would be well-timed today.

Wednesday is the day to pointlessly speculate about next year's draft. These discussions are very philososphical since we don't know our draft position, how our roster looks at the end of the season, the available talent pool, who we sign or lose in free agency, other teams' needs, and trade possibilities. Since everything about the draft is a complete unknown it's a good place for clueless boobs to shine. We're all experts, even you and me!

But, not today. Wait until tomorrow. Today, we'd like to read more of your interesting insights on this year's draft class, most of whom (like most draft classes around the league) haven't played sufficient downs to even recognize their numbers. And, of course, the fact that they haven't played, well that's a sure sign, isn't it?

Posted by: talent_evaluator | October 28, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

And more calls of Beep Beep.
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Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | October 28, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Notice how this is a positive update and J Caca is nowhere to be seen.

Just Quit J Caca.

Posted by: IHateJLC | October 28, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

I agree with both of you. Pitts. is coming at a bad time but if we can get through them without extending injuries, especially with a "W" it would be great. Be nice to see some pass rush since Ben has spent much time on his back!

Hail to the Redskins!!!!!

Posted by: ebbline | October 28, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

I agree with both of you. Pitts. is coming at a bad time but if we can get through them without extending injuries, especially with a "W" it would be great. Be nice to see some pass rush since Ben has spent much time on his back!

Hail to the Redskins!!!!!

Posted by: ebbline | October 28, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

It's interesting to see so many gloomy posts/blogs regarding the Redskins, when they have a 6-2 record with every road division game now behind them.

Not to say there aren't things to improve..but there are ALWAYS things to improve, and ALWAYS holes to fill, and positions that need more depth. No team in the league has everything covered, and given the way the league looks right now, the Redskins have things covered better than most.

Look, the vast majority of us complained about building through free agency...then Snyder/Cerrato stayed quiet in free agency...and now, so many of us are complaining about our draft. For the umpteenth time, the draft is a wait and see deal. Some guys simply aren't needed to play much yet- which is a good thing - and we won't know what they are made of for a while.

I'm just surprised that so many folks here are grousing about what we are going to do about NEXT year when we have some very big possibilities for THIS year.

Posted by: shaunsherman12 | October 28, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: shaunsherman12 | October 28, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

jasno, good post on defensive mvp. though i don't agree with jc being the offensive mvp. there are two cp and moss. jc is a close second to those.

nate, picking 3 pass catchers back to back to back is unforgiveable.

4th, i thought you were talking about the yaun because you started talking about the chinese later. i disagree about china though. because as you can see the us economy is the backbone for the world economy if the us aint doing well no one is.

can we just forget about this kelly person until he actually steps on the field? seriously how many balls are there? moss, cp, cooley and are have to be fed. now if moss goes down thomas' production will go up.

also...i really hope zorn gets rid of vinny. but probly won't happen until after the next draft.

Posted by: dealer1 | October 28, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

You have to root for the Pokes this week against the Giants.

Simple: Giants are ahead of Skins in the standings. Giants are ahead in the tiebreakers, their loss was against an AFC opponent. AND, a loss to the downtrodden boys would create just the sort of negative media feeding frenzy in NY that certain posters (Aloha!!, LOL) like to rail against up here. Imagine Eli having to face the maelstrom day after day.

And from the other end of the logic candle: Pokes are flawed and other teams will pin more losses on them. The Giants are the biggest threat to Skins winning division....not the girls. I would root for the girls against any 2 loss NFC team not named Redskins at this juncture.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | October 28, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

TE:

I still think we are missing a day for bashing the Cerrato radio show. Are there any slots open?

Posted by: shaunsherman12 | October 28, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

That is great news on Samuels! :) Lets also hope Moss is able to play and not be affected by his hamstrings.

Here is a great article on Clinton Portis! ENJOY!! http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/columns/story?columnist=wickersham_seth&id=3668510

HTTR!!

Posted by: Skins28 | October 28, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: PatM1 | October 28, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

dealer, dude, you got your heirarchy wrong....

Owner, then Executive General Majority Colonel Captain Racquetball Extaordinare in charge of Football Operations, then the head coach.

Zorny can't fire the EGMCCREFO.

Posted by: 4-12 | October 28, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Pretty obvious that you hate MRI machines JLA. Give it a rest.

Posted by: Gweez | October 28, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Agreed with Kaneohe and whoever else will be holding their noses and "rooting" for the Cowboys to beat the Jints.

We need help to get ahead of the Jints in the divisional race, simple as that. And the Cowboys can provide some of that help this Sunday.

Plus I want the Cowboys to be on an "upswing" when they come to DC, so their second loss to us will be all the more devastating.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | October 28, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

well said shaunsherman.

This team is very capable of beating Pittsburgh. Their defense is good, but they don't shut teams out. Their offense is good, but not great. They blew out a couple of doormats (Houston and Cincy). But every other game has been close.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | October 28, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

T_E,
The scheduel is varient on the W/L, you know that. I think you are listing the L, weekly plan, I get em mixed up too.

Weekly Scheudle Sat/Sun not included

Mon
W: various shout outs + assesment of Vinny's show + discussion of injuries.
L: Talk other RI's off ledge+ assesment of Vinny's show + discussion of injuries+trying to shut up Sports Guru.

Tue
W: still talk of injuries+ ripping on Jason's analyses for being so negative after a win+ general Jibber Jaber.
L: Freak out about injuries+ ripping on Jason's analyses for being so negative after a loss+ still trying to shut up Sports Guru+breakdown of why the draft was no good.

Wed
W: Jibber Jaber + Practice breakdown+ Kelly hurting something+ Jibber Jaber.
L: Things get quiet+Practice breakdown+everyone flames everyone+ breakdown of why the draft was no good.

Thurs
W: Jibber Jaber FFA
L: Suicide watch FFA

Fri
W: Drunken Posts by people who took the day off+ mocking of next opponent+ Jibjab
L: Blog is empty except for Guru who is still argueing with himself about how he hates JC.

Posted by: alex35332 | October 28, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

The world is a beautiful place is it not...puppies, flowers, chubby babies, lots of super smart comments....good morning world!

Posted by: chrislarry | October 28, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse
===========================================
I was gonna blast you for leaving out kittens, cL, but seeing as you've another cHriSlarRy (or mAryLaRry) on the way, pre-Congrats! instead.
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Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | October 28, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: CindyBoren | October 28, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

The good thing here is that it Samuels saying he should play Monday.....not other guys (who shall remain nameless) who swear they will play and then sit it out. The dude is definitley a warrior. I just hope that this isn't something that putting off surgery to play through the pain for, will cause long term damage......

Posted by: dlhaze1 | October 28, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

I'm just surprised that so many folks here are grousing about what we are going to do about NEXT year when we have some very big possibilities for THIS year.

Posted by: shaunsherman12

I live for this year on Sunday, Mon-Sat I am open to everthing else.

Posted by: alex35332 | October 28, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

The chance of theCowpukes beating the Giants on the road without Tony Romo AKA Turnover Ready, with Witten playing with a broken rib, With a beat up secondary that already blows, and most likely out without corner Anthony Henry, Is highly unlikely, and with a lame duck coach is highly unlikely. The thought that I have to root for the Cowpukes makes me want to vomit.

I realize that as a Skins Fan it is in the best interest if the Cowpukes beat the Giants, but even if they had Turnover Ready I just dont see it happening. Dallas is vastly overrated and just really isn't that good at all.

Posted by: Skins28 | October 28, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

TE:

I still think we are missing a day for bashing the Cerrato radio show. Are there any slots open?

Posted by: shaunsherman12 | October 28, 2008 1:29 PM

Friday is free-for-all, anything goes, no-holds-barred. Cerrato, LaVar Arrington, Antonio Pierce, cost of beer at the stadium, "jokes" about Dan Snyder's height, they're all open topics. And tie-up the previous four days' loose ends and try to settle scores with other posters.

Monday is for complaining about the Sunday game -- win or lose -- all complaints are in-bounds. We particularly welcome complaints that rookies aren't playing like vets, that Peter King doesn't love us like we love ourselves, that Clinton Portis/Jason Campbell/London Fletcher hasn't had his picture on the cover of Sports Illustrated, that the Cowboys are getting too much love, etc. But complaints should revolve around the previous game and never take a longer-term perspective.

Thursday is for complaining about next Sunday's game. Power rankings and point spreads, predictions by outsiders expecially "haters," expectations of who will or won't play (good day for bashing Jason Taylor, all rookies) and sentiments that the opposition is "getting too much love." Why wait until the Redskins actually win or lose when you can attack people based on your own hopes and expectations?

Posted by: talent_evaluator | October 28, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

cindy, what's up with the fake beep beeps?

4-12, that's not how it worked out in tampa...when chucky got the gm (who hired him) fired...and i'm hoping for that here.

Posted by: dealer1 | October 28, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

As far as the Jints/Girls game goes, since they both can't loose, maybe they can really beat each other up or all pull hammies or something like that.

(yeah, I know it seems cheap to wish for something like that, but I just can't root for the Cowboys...I just can't)

Posted by: _Stumped_1 | October 28, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

OHHHHHHHHHHHH guys the new post is before this post down here reverse beep beep

Posted by: dealer1 | October 28, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

And more calls of Beep Beep.
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Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | October 28, 2008 1:19 PM
===========================================
I meant real calls. I apologize for any confusion.
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Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | October 28, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Today, we'd like to read more of your interesting insights on this year's draft class, most of whom (like most draft classes around the league) haven't played sufficient downs to even recognize their numbers. And, of course, the fact that they haven't played, well that's a sure sign, isn't it?

Posted by: talent_evaluator | October 28, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Round 1

Jake Long - OT Starter
Chris Long - DE Starter
Matt Ryan - QB Starter
Darren McFadden - RB RBC
Glenn Dorsey - DT Starter
Vernon Gholston - DE Starter
Sedrick Ellis - DT Starter
Derrick Harvey - DE Backup
Keith Rivers Starter/out for the year Hines
Jerod Mayo Starter
Leodis McKelvin Backup
Ryan Clady - OT Starter
Jonathan Stewart - RB RBC
Chris Williams - OT Starter/IR back in pre
Branden Albert - OG Starter
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie Nickleback
Gosder Cherilus - OT Backup
Joe Flacco - QB Starter
Jeff Otah - OT Starter
Aqib Talib Starter
Sam Baker - OT Starter
Felix Jones - RB RBC
Rashard Mendenhall - RB backup/ir
Chris Johnson - RB RBC
Mike Jenkins Starter
Duane Brown - OT Starter
Antoine Cason Nickle
Lawrence Jackson - DE rotation end
Kentwan Balmer - DT rotation at end & T
Dustin Keller - TE rotation te
Kenny Phillips Starter

Round 2

Merling rotates with holiday
Avery Starter
Thomas #4 on the depth chart
Flowers Starter (pick six this week)
Nelson #4 (16 catches 177 1td)
Lofton Starter
Carlsen starter
Rachel backup
Porter starter
Hardy #3 (7 for 66 and a td..thomas w/o the penalty)
Royal starter
Johnson starter
Forte starter
Dizon starter
Simpson #3 1 catch 2 yards
Laws rotation DT
Davis (1 for 6, 1 carry -3)
Jackson starter
Campbell rotation at end and T
Kelly #5 I guess(1 for 6)
Groves rotation end
Sweed DNP first 5 weeks #3 now with Holmes last two games 4 for 39 last two games
Jones rotation at end and T
Rice RBC
Brohm backup to Rogers
Henne backup to Pennington
Jackson pr/kr starter #4
Pollack backup guard
Bennett backup to Witten (8 for 145 td)
Wheatley nickle
Thomas rotation corner


talent_evaluator, you'd be hard pressed to find 3 less productive picks than the skin's. Doesn't mean they won't ever be, but certainly right now, pretty disappointing compared to their peers most all of whom have had plenty of snaps and contribution.

Posted by: zjfr2 | October 28, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

When any 2 NFC East teams play each other, you have to root for the following, in the following order:

1. A real physical game;

2. A couple of suspensions as a result of horribly violent hits on skilled players (note that it's bad karma to root for injuries, so DON'T do it...but suspensions do not provoke the ire of any Deity);

3. Depending on the playoff implications, a W for one team or another. In the case of the Cowgirls and the Jints, although it's too early to know for sure, you might as well root for Dallas to pull off the upset. Either way it's a win for the Skins. A loss by Dallas goes a long way to eliminating them from the Division race and has the side benefit of fostering rancor in an already chaotic situation. A loss by NY brings them further back to the pack.

Posted by: ajd3311 | October 28, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

This warping of time and space has warped my brain.

Sadly, it's back to comment free work I go.
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Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | October 28, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Is it possible to post the video segments in a different section or make it obvious which Redskins Insider articles contain only video? I enjoy JLC's posts and don't mind links within to other media, but I have no use for Jason Reid's Redskins Unrestricted video and am frustrated when a Redskin's Insider link takes me to one of Reid's videos.

Posted by: TBDog | October 28, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

anyone know where the gints got their D line? what round of draft picks they were?

Posted by: dealer1 | October 28, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

+++...I give Cerrato major marks for choosing Zorn. That was a brilliant pick. But in my opinion, his draft was bad when the selections were made (just the simple choice of positions vs. need) and are looking worse in current review of the team (considering the impact the rookies have had so far).

Posted by:++++-- spizzle

Excellent post.

I remember draft day when Vinny said his "chart" forced him to draft the way he did.

Charts and notes and stats and numbers are great tools, but only if they are matched with great instincts. And I don't see that here.

First of all picking three guys in the second round to fill one receiver need was ridiculous. Second, picking the wrong three guys was unforgivable.

Sure, us bozos didnt' know this would be a go deep in the playoffs-type year, but that's what danny is paid to know. And if he had an instinct and knowledge for that, he'd have picked Avery, Royal or Jackson--each of whom would be a powerul weapon THIS YEAR..

All hail the selection of Zorn, but it took two months for them to realize the jewel they had. And he was a last option choice after they got turned down by people or realized others just wouldn't be the coach they wanted.

I could NOT be happier with this surprisingly wonderful season. But the Koolaid drinkers here fail to realize that the FO people paid to provide the bullets for the Redskins guns, and expected to make this an even BETER season failed to do so.

Of the 10 draftees, of the 12 or so UFAs brought in, of the FA signees brought in, of the trades not made, exactly ONE player is making a significant contribution this year, Chris Horton.

That's a horrible record.

MAYBE they drafted for the future. Zorn and his staff sure make the players they have better. But to build a dynasty, they need a GM who knows horseflesh. And as far as I can tell, VC does not.

Posted by: TheCork | October 28, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Giants draft DL high which is why they are generally very productive:

Justin Tuck DL - 2nd round
Mathias Kiawanuka - 1st round (replaced Ominyora when he was on IR, but also played LB)
Barry Cofield DT - 5th Round
Fred Robbins DT - FA from Vikings.
Jay Alford DT - think he was 3rd round.
Osi Umenyoiara - 2nd round (IR)

Michael Strahan (Retired) - 2nd round.

The last time the Redskins picked a DL in the first two rounds was 1997 when they picked the kid out of Miami (can't remember his name), who played here four years and left as a FA. Carter and Griffin were 1st and 4th rounders who we signed as FA's from other teams.

The Redskins DL, except Montgomery and Golston who were mid-round picks, were all FA's or acquired through trade.

Vinny used 3 second rounders on pass catchers and not one on a DL. Next year, we have no 2nd rounder after the trade for Jason Taylor which doesn't look so good at this point.

Posted by: wizfan89 | October 28, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Giants draft DL high which is why they are generally very productive:

Justin Tuck DL - 2nd round
Mathias Kiawanuka - 1st round (replaced Ominyora when he was on IR, but also played LB)
Barry Cofield DT - 5th Round
Fred Robbins DT - FA from Vikings.
Jay Alford DT - think he was 3rd round.
Osi Umenyoiara - 2nd round (IR)

Michael Strahan (Retired) - 2nd round.

The last time the Redskins picked a DL in the first two rounds was 1997 when they picked the kid out of Miami (can't remember his name), who played here four years and left as a FA. Carter and Griffin were 1st and 4th rounders who we signed as FA's from other teams.

The Redskins DL, except Montgomery and Golston who were mid-round picks, were all FA's or acquired through trade.

Vinny used 3 second rounders on pass catchers and not one on a DL. Next year, we have no 2nd rounder after the trade for Jason Taylor which doesn't look so good at this point.

Posted by: wizfan89 | October 28, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Giants draft DL high which is why they are generally very productive:

Justin Tuck DL - 2nd round
Mathias Kiawanuka - 1st round (replaced Ominyora when he was on IR, but also played LB)
Barry Cofield DT - 5th Round
Fred Robbins DT - FA from Vikings.
Jay Alford DT - think he was 3rd round.
Osi Umenyoiara - 2nd round (IR)

Michael Strahan (Retired) - 2nd round.

The last time the Redskins picked a DL in the first two rounds was 1997 when they picked the kid out of Miami (can't remember his name), who played here four years and left as a FA. Carter and Griffin were 1st and 4th rounders who we signed as FA's from other teams.

The Redskins DL, except Montgomery and Golston who were mid-round picks, were all FA's or acquired through trade.

Vinny used 3 second rounders on pass catchers and not one on a DL. Next year, we have no 2nd rounder after the trade for Jason Taylor which doesn't look so good at this point.

Posted by: wizfan89 | October 28, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

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