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Redskins' Moss Says Hamstring Injury Doesn't Worry Him

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By Jason Reid
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Top wide receiver Santana Moss said he is not concerned about wearing down physically in the second half of the regular season despite straining his hamstring in Washington's 25-17 victory over Detroit on Sunday.

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Moss had nine receptions -- including a 50-yard touchdown in the third quarter -- for 140 yards and also returned a punt 80 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Lions.

"Football brings a lot of stuff," said Moss, who was slowed by hamstring, groin and heel injuries last season. "I don't sit here and worry about some things like that. I just do what I do to get me right, and that's all I can do.

"I'm not going to worry about stuff that's happened in the past. That's the past. This is the present, this is the future, and what's going on with me now ain't got nothing to do with before. All I can do is deal with it the way it is right now."

Moss, who has 42 receptions, is fifth in the NFL with 658 yards receiving. He has five touchdown catches. Wide receiver Antwaan Randle El still is the team's primary punt returner, but Moss volunteered to field one or two punts a game in an effort to provide a lift on special teams. The Redskins have not asked Moss to do too much, he said.

"I'm back there one time a game, so that's nothing," he said. "I told Coach [Jim Zorn] going into the season that I would like to be back there at least once a game or twice a game if they need me. Overuse ain't even a word.

"When you're out there playing football, you just trying to be used enough to win the game. That's all I'm worried about. I don't worry about how many more reps I got. I want more opportunities to give ourselves a chance to win. So that's what it's about."

Samuels Plans to Play

Pro Bowl left tackle Chris Samuels said he plans to play Monday against the Pittsburgh Steelers despite knee pain that prompted him to sit out against Detroit. Samuels experienced discomfort in pregame warmups and missed Sunday's victory.

An MRI exam Monday revealed a cartilage problem but no damage, said Samuels. Asked if he'd be ready to face Pittsburgh, Samuels said, "I'm thinking definitely." The Redskins planned to proceed cautiously with Samuels in practice this week, but Samuels said he is eager to return to work.

"I'll talk to the trainers because I'm starting to feel a lot better," Samuels said. "I want to practice this week."

Kelly Tries to Stay Upbeat

Rookie wide receiver Malcolm Kelly believes that, despite his knee problems, he could contribute this season. But Kelly also is a realist, he said, and the Redskins must do what's best for the team. He is running out of time.

"I'm really just trying not to worry about it, really trying not to be down in the dumps about it, but it's hard," Kelly said. "They're going to give me this week and the bye week to just rest. After that, we'll just see where it's at."

Initially slowed because of a hamstring injury during training camp, Kelly underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Aug. 4 and missed the preseason. Fluid has been drained from Kelly's knee several times, Zorn said.

Kelly has been active in two of eight games and has one catch for six yards. If his knee does not improve significantly soon, the Redskins would strongly consider assigning Kelly to the season-ending injured reserve list.

"Hopefully, it'll get better with the rest," Kelly said. "We've just got to wait and see what happens."


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