Santana Moss could return in three to six weeks

Injured Washington Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss said Wednesday that he could return to the field sooner than the five to seven weeks that Coach Mike Shanahan said he expected.


Carolina Panthers cornerback Captain Munnerlyn (41) breaks up a pass intended for Santana Moss Sunday. (Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post)

An even-keeled player, Moss said he didn’t become overly upset when he broke his hand and finger in Sunday’s game, and that he’ll let his recovery take its course while working to ensure that he can play effectively whenever he receives clearance to return to action.

“It happens,” Moss said. “I hate to be the guy that it happened to. I hate to not be out there. You feel like you let somebody down when you can’t be out there with the guys that depend on you. But like I said before, I just try to think positive about the situation and know that the time I take off, I’m getting a little mini-vacation, but I’m not going to treat it like a vacation, though. I’m going ot stay on my grind and do some of the things I can do.”

Moss, who during the offseason signed a new three-year, $15 million contract, led Washington’s wide receivers in catches and yards receiving before he was injured. Through six games, Moss has posted 25 catches for 301 yards and two touchdowns.

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.

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