Washington Redskins left tackle Chris Samuels and defensive end Renaldo Wynn said yesterday they expect to play Sunday night against the Indianapolis Colts at FedEx Field. Both players aggravated injuries during this past Sunday's 30-9 defeat at Green Bay.
Samuels underwent an X-ray yesterday on his sprained left ankle and had an MRI exam on a pinched nerve in his neck and shoulder. He said his neck was "a little sore, but I'm fine . . . I still need to talk to the doctors, but I'm pretty sure I'll play."
The Pro Bowl tackle said he went to the team's coaches in Green Bay after reinjuring his ankle, which he originally hurt during the exhibition season. He told them he was hurting, and they sat him out for most of the second half as the game slipped away from the Redskins.
"It brought me to tears," Samuels said. "I wanted to be out there. That game was within reach."
Samuels indicated he is uncertain about his ability to practice this week. Alex Sulfsted replaced Samuels against the Packers. The ankle has continued to bother Samuels while he has dealt with other injuries, including a strained groin muscle and a bruised thigh. Samuels said he doesn't think he'll opt to sit out a game or two to try to get well.
"That's a thought," he said. "But I want to be out there for myself and my teammates . . . I'm a little sluggish, but I can't use that as an excuse. It's affecting me a tad bit, but I just have to keep going on. I think I'll be able to make it [through the season]. I'm not too worried about it. It's tough to deal with. I really want to go out and play well. I just need to keep on fighting. That's the nature of the game."
Wynn reinjured his right knee late in the Green Bay game. He played hurt early in the season without telling the coaches that his knee was bothering him, and doctors told Wynn that he might be suffering from tendinitis.
Wynn declined to discuss the details of his injury yesterday but said, "It's nothing serious. I'll keep on getting treatment. I won't be out [of the lineup Sunday], that's for sure."
Jansen's Agent Hopeful
The representative for Jon Jansen said yesterday he hopes to complete an agreement with the Redskins soon on a contract extension for the right tackle. Agent Rick Smith, who had two days of face-to-face meetings with Redskins officials late last week, said he expects negotiations to resume within the next few days.
"We're continuing discussions, and we're hopeful we'll get something done," Smith said.
Last week's talks ended a two-month lull. Jansen is in the final season of his contract and is eligible for unrestricted free agency next offseason.
Wide Receiver Update
Coach Steve Spurrier reiterated that he intends to start Rod Gardner and Derrius Thompson at wide receiver against the Colts. Thompson returned to the starting lineup in Green Bay. Chris Doering was the other starting wideout against the Packers, leaving Gardner out of the lineup for the first time this season in what the coach said was an attempt to get Gardner's attention. Gardner entered the game on the second play, however.
Spurrier also told wide receiver Darnerien McCants that McCants will play against the Colts. McCants was on the inactive list Sunday and has yet to play this season. . . .
Spurrier was less pleased with the officiating yesterday, after viewing the game tapes, than he had been following the game Sunday.
"A few of those holding penalties, it's hard for me to tell the guy to block differently from what he did," Spurrier said. "David Loverne got two in a row on that one drive . . . and I don't know how you tell him to do something else than what he did. He blocked the same way some other times. Those times, they called the penalty. That's the way it happens, I guess. We just have to accept it and move on." . . .
Spurrier said the fourth-and-one quarterback sneak he ran in the second quarter Sunday, on which the Packers stopped Patrick Ramsey shy of a first down, was "a bad play call."
Added Spurrier: "We should have run a sweep or something like that, but unfortunately we were out of timeouts. We got up there [to the line of scrimmage] and they were all stacked up there. The thing to do would have been to call time out and get to a better play. That was one call I wish we'd have had back."