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Samuels Says He Is 'Devastated' by Death on His Property

By Jason La Canfora and Matt Zapotosky
Washington Post Staff Writers
Thursday, September 4, 2008

Washington Redskins left tackle Chris Samuels released a statement through his agent yesterday, expressing his sorrow after a friend of the family died in an all-terrain vehicle accident on his Southern Maryland property over the weekend. Samuels, according to police, was at the house at the time.

Lashana Nicole Wilson, a lifelong friend of Samuels's girlfriend, was fatally injured Saturday when she lost control of an ATV and struck a tree. Wilson, 24, was visiting the residence and was not wearing a helmet, according to Charles County Sherriff's officers, who responded to the scene.

"Monique and I are devastated about the loss of our dear friend, Lashana Wilson," Samuels said in the statement. "Lashana and Monique have been friends since childhood and over the past couple of years, I was fortunate to get to know her as well. She was an exemplary person in every way. This is a very difficult time for all of us. Our deepest condolences go out to the Wilson family. They will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers."

Wilson was riding on a paved driveway when the accident occurred. She was flown to a hospital from the scene and died the following day, according to police reports. Samuels and the Redskins yesterday traveled to New Jersey for tonight's opener against the New York Giants, and he was not available for further comment.

The Redskins organization declined comment and referred all questions to Samuels's agent, Jimmy Sexton.

Injury Report

The Redskins released their injury report yesterday. Rookie Malcolm Kelly, one of just five wide receivers on the active roster, is out recovering from a knee injury, and fellow 2008 draft pick Kareem Moore, a safety, is doubtful after missing practice all week with a hamstring injury. Defensive end Jason Taylor, who returned to practice in a limited capacity Tuesday after being out with a knee injury, is questionable.

Cornerback Shawn Springs, who suffered a bruised calf after being kicked in practice this week, is probable, as are safety LaRon Landry (hamstring), wide receiver Antwaan Randle El (hand) and linebacker Khary Campbell (thigh).

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