The Washington Times - November 1, 2008, 01:19PM

Redskins receiver Santana Moss ran straight-ahead on the side of today’s practice and is optimistic about his chances of playing tomorrow against Pittsburgh despite an ailing hamstring. Coach Jim Zorn said despite the progress today, Moss’s availability against the Steelers will be a game-time decision.

“I feel better because I ran today,” said Moss, who was injured during last Sunday’s victory at Detroit. “I felt pretty good.  I did a little more today and gained a lot of confidence [in my hamstirng] because I didn’t know where it was at. The next step is [running some] routes tomorrow.”

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Zorn said the only other player whose status is in doubt is Chris Samuels, but the Pro Bowl left tackle, whose absence against the Lions was his first in nearly five years, said that he’s going to play.

“It feels OK,” Samuels said. “I just have to play with the pain. It’s a Monday night game. I’m going to play.”

The Redskins clairifed that Samuels doesn’t have loose cartilage in his right knee, terming the condition inflammation of the cartlage behind the kneecap.

Running back Clinton Portis (hip, ankle), cornerback Carlos Rogers (heel), safety LaRon Landry (hamstring) and defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin (shoulder) are all good to go and will start against the Steelers.

— David Elfin