Samuels to Miss Four Weeks After Spraining Knee

By Jason La Canfora and Katie Carrera
Washington Post Staff Writers
Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Left tackle Chris Samuels is expected to miss about four weeks with a grade 2 sprain of the medial collateral ligament in his right knee. Samuels, a Pro Bowler, had two players roll on his right leg during 11-on-11 drills late in yesterday afternoon's practice, dropped to the ground for several minutes and went for an MRI exam last night.

The Redskins announced the results of the medical testing late last night. Samuels, who injured the same MCL several years ago, spoke to teammates and team officials as he was carted off of the field, telling them he believed the injury was a minor tear. After practice, Coach Joe Gibbs led the team in a prayer, hoping that Samuels's injury was minor.

"I think I'm okay," Samuels said as he departed Redskins Park for the procedure. "I didn't feel anything pop, but it was definitely my MCL, so I'm going to get the MRI and we'll see how long it takes for me to get back out on the field."

Samuels said he immediately feared the worst, then quickly realized it was less severe. With Samuels out likely for the majority of the preseason, the coaches must decide whether to move starting right guard Todd Wade back to tackle. Wade is a natural tackle but is being asked to make a tricky transition to the interior and needs as many reps at guard as possible. Jason Fabini, a free agent signed from Dallas, has 10 years of NFL experience at tackle, so he could slide into the spot in the interim as well.

Landry Is on Board at Last

Safety LaRon Landry agreed to a five-year deal and is scheduled to participate in his first training practice today. Landry, the sixth pick overall out of Louisiana State, missed six practices while his contract was being negotiated, but the impasse was brief by NFL standards.

"He's going to have to catch up in repetitions and competitions -- the physical part of it," said Gregg Williams, assistant head coach-defense. "He's going to be sore when everybody else is flying. With the mental things, we have enough time in camp. We'll keep him sequestered."

Landry agreed to terms about 1 a.m. yesterday morning after a long night of negotiations. Landry had been pressuring his agent, Joel Segal, to get a deal wrapped up by the weekend, and he will earn $17.5 million guaranteed in this contract, and a maximum of $41.5 million. Landry arrived in Washington yesterday while the team was preparing for its second practice of the day, but needed to actually sign and take a physical before he could get on the field. His flight was delayed and Landry did not arrive in the area until after practice had begun.

Comings, Goings and Sittings

Place kicker Tyler Fredrickson was cut -- leaving only one kicker (Shaun Suisham) and one punter (Derrick Frost) on the roster -- and tight end Jake Nordin was signed. Nordin was signed by New England as an undrafted free agent in May after departing Northern Illinois. . . . Wide receiver Mike Espy missed the second practice with a bruised left knee and fullback Pete Schmitt left practice early with a left rotator cuff injury. Schmitt went for an MRI exam last night and Espy is day-to-day. Rookie linebacker Dallas Sartz (hamstring) missed both practices. Tight end Tyler Ecker (groin) missed both sessions. Linebacker Marcus Washington, who is coming off hip surgery, was rested for the second session. Starting guard Randy Thomas (knee) is running but could be out all week.

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