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Moss, Still Hobbled by Heel, Is Uncertain He'll Play

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By Jason Reid
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Wide receiver Santana Moss may be limited in practice again this week because of a heel injury that forced him to sit out the Washington Redskins' 33-25 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

Moss continued to experience pain and has not tested his heel since late last week, he said yesterday at Redskins Park. Although Moss cautioned it was too early to rule out his return to the lineup against the Cowboys at Dallas this week, he acknowledged the heel has not improved much since he injured it during a 23-20 overtime win against the New York Jets on Nov. 4 at Giants Stadium.

"Putting on a shoe, that's the most I can do right now," Moss said. "If I couldn't put on a shoe the way I need to put on a shoe, then that's letting me know right then and there" the heel hasn't recovered.

Moss hoped to play against the Eagles after sitting out practice last week, but "I wasn't able to be enough for the team," he said. "I wouldn't have been able to be out there and be half of myself. I've played as half of myself before and felt like I had a chance to be dominant still. But when you're dealing with something with your foot, and knowing that you've got to use that more than anything, you've got to really let the thing heal."

Because of a groin injury, Moss sat out a 34-3 victory over the Detroit Lions on Oct. 7. He has been hobbled by injuries all season, and has only 24 receptions for 297 yards (a 12.4-yard average). Moss had X-rays last week in an effort to determine if the Redskins had missed something, said Bubba Tyer, director of sports medicine.

"It may be one of those years," said Moss, who set a franchise record with 1,483 receiving yards in 2005. "You hate to go through it, but as a professional it comes and goes. You got to be ready to go with the punches."

Thrash Says He's Day-to-Day

Wide receiver James Thrash, sidelined indefinitely because of a high ankle sprain, also suffered the injury while with Philadelphia and is optimistic he will return soon.

"We don't really have a time frame; just kind of day-to-day," Thrash said. "Hopefully, I'll continue to progress with treatment and my body responds quickly. The one before, I only missed four or five days and didn't even miss a game."


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