Chris Samuels's season continued along the same exasperating course today. The Pro Bowl left tackle sat out most of the second half of the Washington Redskins' 30-9 loss to the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field as his injuries continued to mount.
Samuels said he reinjured the left ankle that he originally hurt during the preseason. Coach Steve Spurrier and other team officials said the club's trainers recommended that Samuels sit out after he suffered a pinched nerve in his shoulder. But Samuels said the shoulder injury was not particularly bothersome and vowed to play for the rest of the season.
"It's tough to deal with," Samuels said. "I just have to push on for myself and my teammates."
Samuels said he "tweaked" his ankle on the "third or fourth play" of the game, but tried to continue playing.
"I tried to keep pushing, but it got worse," Samuels said.
He originally sprained the ankle during the second of five preseason games. He sat out the final three but was in the lineup to open the regular season. He lost nine pounds because of a stomach virus and suffered a strained groin muscle and a bruised thigh, but he stubbornly kept playing. He had two of his three worst games in his three-year NFL career within a span of a few weeks, but he admitted only reluctantly that his injuries were affecting him.
With today's setback, he simply shrugged and conceded that his ankle might not be fully healed all season.
"It's been tough to deal with, but I've just got to deal with it," Samuels said. "If it gets better, it gets better. If not, I just have to deal with it."
Alex Sulfsted replaced Samuels on an offensive line that was without starting right guard Brenden Stai. Wilbert Brown started at right guard today after making his first NFL start a week ago at left guard in place of the injured David Loverne.
Loverne was back in the lineup at left guard this afternoon, and Kipp Vickers replaced Brown at right guard late in the game.
Rookie quarterback Patrick Ramsey was sacked six times today and was charged with five fumbles, three of which the Redskins lost. Ramsey completed only 10 of 24 passes, and Coach Steve Spurrier said he would consider switching back to Shane Matthews as the team's starter this week.
"Patrick struggled tonight," Spurrier said. "The protection was not super. But it's going to be like that. It's not going to be super all the time. We know that. . . . I don't know if we're expecting too much of him right now in terms of making decisions and things like that."