Jim Zorn led off his Monday press briefing with a bit of severe news after the “heartbreaking” loss: Chris Samuels, the team’s stalwart left tackle, won’t play against Kansas City on Sunday.
Zorn said Samuels, who had an MRI today, is playing with stenosis (a narrowing of the spine), which is why he wears such large neck pads. He suffered what was diagnosed as a stinger during the loss at Charlotte on Sunday.
“He got popped, he got some tingling,” Zorn said on Monday at Redskins Park. “Right now he will not be available to play next week.”
Zorn didn’t fully commit to the lineup next week, but it sounds like he’s ready to go with Mike Williams — who played guard on Sunday — at right tackle, the position he’s played for all of his NFL career. And he’ll move Stephon Heyer, who’s been at right tackle all season, back to left tackle, where he filled in for Samuels last season.
The other key injury is to Phillip Daniels, whose MRI this morning revealed a torn bicep. But, he expects to play on Sunday. “It’s not going to get any worse,” Zorn said.