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Samuels Expects to Play Despite Knee Injury

Following a loss to the Giants, Coach Joe Gibbs, left, and quarterbacks coach Bill Musgrave must get the Redskins headed in the right direction.
Following a loss to the Giants, Coach Joe Gibbs, left, and quarterbacks coach Bill Musgrave must get the Redskins headed in the right direction. (By John Mcdonnell -- The Washington Post)

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By Leonard Shapiro
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, November 1, 2005

An MRI exam on the right knee of Washington Redskins tackle Chris Samuels yesterday indicated no ligament damage, and Samuels said he should be able to play Sunday night against the Philadelphia Eagles at FedEx Field.

Samuels was hurt in the third quarter of the Redskins' 36-0 loss to the New York Giants on Sunday at Giants Stadium and had to leave the game. But Samuels said the MRI showed "everything was intact as far as my ligaments, just a little cartilage roughness and it caused my knee to flare up a little bit."

He said the knee was drained and he was given a cortisone shot and likely will sit out a few days of practice this week.

"But I'll be out there" Sunday, he said. "It's a blessing it's not as serious as they thought it was. The doctor told me if it bothers me during the season, I'll probably have to get it 'scoped" (have arthroscopic surgery in the offseason).

Said Redskins Coach Joe Gibbs: "There's nothing structurally wrong, which is good news for us. It's just a matter of when he gets to feeling good on it again."

Defensive Line Banged Up

Starting defensive tackles Cornelius Griffin (strained hip flexor) and Joe Salave'a (plantar fasciitis) both had to leave the Giants game with injuries.

Griffin, who missed several days of practice last week, said he'll have to rest and see how his hip responds to treatment this week.

Salave'a, who was walking with a bad limp after the game, had an MRI exam on the foot yesterday and said "it calmed down overnight, so we'll see."

Defensive end Phillip Daniels also sprained an ankle against the Giants and said yesterday it was too early to tell if he can play Sunday. He said he had to take a knee on one play because of the pain, but wanted to stay in because the Redskins were running out of healthy defensive linemen.

Defensive line coach Greg Blache finally pulled him out.

"It's painful right now. It's sore, but I've had worse injuries and I played on Sunday, so I have faith I'll be out there ready to go," Daniels said. "I played three snaps on it hurt; one good and a couple I couldn't push off on it. I had a couple of guys on me and they knew I was hurt. I've just got to get treatment and hopefully it will get better and I'll be out there Sunday."

H-back Chris Cooley was to undergo an MRI on his sore hip and knee, with results expected today.


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