By Steve Yanda
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, October 27, 2008
DETROIT, Oct. 26 -- Defensive end Jason Taylor said after Washington's 25-17 victory over Detroit that he planned to go to the hospital to have his injured left calf examined when the team came back to the Washington area Sunday night.
Taylor, who underwent emergency surgery to relieve acute compartment syndrome on his left calf earlier this season, was scheduled to have the calf drained Monday morning. But he indicated he might not wait to have the procedure done, saying he would stay at the hospital overnight regardless of when the procedure took place.
"We're going to go in tonight and try to fix it again and see where we're at," he said. "We're going in tonight. I think we're doing it tomorrow, but I'm going in tonight."
The calf has healed more slowly than expected, and Taylor confirmed he was not close to full strength during Sunday's game.
"It felt like it has the last few weeks; it's not right," Taylor said. "I'm nowhere near myself, but I'm trying to give what I have and help this team, and as long as we keep winning that's all that matters." . . .
The Redskins listed only two new injuries in the game: tailback Clinton Portis (ankle sprain) and wide receiver Santana Moss (hamstring). Both are considered minor. Moss has a long history of hamstring issues but was walking normally after the game and raised no concerns about the muscle to members of the media.
Tackle Jon Jansen was slow to get up from the ground a few times but said, "I just got bruised up a little bit, but I'm all right."
Starts Streak Ends for Samuels
Left tackle Chris Samuels ended a streak of 73 consecutive games started when he discovered in warmups that his right knee, which began bothering him during the week, would not allow him to move properly. Coach Jim Zorn said Samuels will have to have an MRI exam "to see if there's anything floating around in there."
"He really tried," Zorn said. "And he was upset, and there was nothing he could do about it. He had a hard time getting in his time, getting in his stance."
Zorn said rookie safety Chris Horton was an even later scratch because of his injured ankle.
Horton had hoped to play with a lingering ankle problem, but said he was unable to run during warmups and did not want to risk further aggravating the problem.
"I tried to take it up to game time, but I just couldn't go," he said.Kickin' It With His Homeboys
When Shaun Suisham lined up for a 42-yard field goal just after the two-minute warning in the fourth quarter Sunday, the Redskins' place kicker knew a successful attempt would force the Detroit Lions to score a touchdown and a two-point conversion to tie the game. What he didn't know, though, was that he was kicking toward a slew of Suisham jerseys, with the 30 rows of seats directly behind the goal posts containing dozens of his family and friends.
Suisham made the kick -- his fourth of the game -- to help cement Washington's 25-17 victory. He did it in front of several hundred supporters who, led by Suisham's uncle and high school football coach Rob MacLachlan, chartered at least three buses from their home town of Wallaceburg, Ontario, about a 90-minute drive from Detroit.
"I knew a lot were going to be here, but I wasn't trying to track them down," Suisham said.
Staff writers Barry Svrluga and Jason La Canfora contributed to this report.