Redskins Samuels Protects Campbell's Blindside

The Washington Post's Jason Reid previews Sunday night's game in Baltimore and wonders how the Redskins are going to score points. Video by washingtonpost.com
Saturday, December 6, 2008

Pro Bowl T Chris Samuels (knee) returned to practice yesterday and expects to start tomorrow night against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Samuels expressed disappointment about the intense criticism of QB Jason Campbell on TV and sports-talk radio this week. Campbell's impressive play in a 4-1 start helped put the team in position to reach the postseason, and the fourth-year player has the confidence of his teammates as Washington attempts to finish well, Samuels said.

"It's tough to play in D.C. because everybody is focused on the Redskins no matter what," he said. "And anytime you start out a season like we did, and it's almost promised you're going to the playoffs, and then toward the end of the stretch you lose some games and you're kind of struggling to get in, competing with some other teams for the wild-card slot, people are going to be talking. And anytime you're not scoring points out there, your quarterback is going to get most of the blame.

"If you're riding high and you're scoring a lot of points, your quarterback is going to get most of the credit. That's just the way it is. Jason understands that and we understand that as well. But it's tough, and I hate the way Jason is catching a lot of the flak. Part of it is, it's us on the O-line. Part of it is, it's the receivers. Part of it is, it's the tight ends and running backs. We all go together. Anytime you play the quarterback position, you've got to accept that role, you've got to pretty much know you're going to get blamed if things don't go well, but we're all in it together."

· FLETCHER, PORTIS GAME-TIME DECISIONS: MLB London Fletcher (foot) missed practice for the third consecutive day and will be a game-time decision. "I think he's a little better than he was last week," Zorn said. "We'll see." . . . RB Clinton Portis (knee, hip and neck) was limited in practice and also is expected to be a game-time decision. "I saw Clinton out there running so I expect him to play," Zorn said. "I'm optimistic about Clinton just 'cause he moved around better today."

· LANDRY MISSES PRACTICE: SS LaRon Landry, who was inadvertently struck in the calf during practice Thursday, was held out of practice as a precaution, but is expected to play. "He's going to be okay," Zorn said. Landry said he took a knee to the calf and "it's real sore right now, a little swollen," Landry said. "But I'm not worried. It's nothing serious. I'll be all right." . . . DE Andre Carter (foot) and DT Kedric Golston (bone spurs) were limited in practice.

-- Jason Reid

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