The Washington Times - October 14, 2009, 04:17PM

Left tackle Chris Samuels, who went down with a serious stinger on the second play last week was feeling better today. However, the six-time Pro Bowl pick won’t play Sunday against Kansas City.

Samuels said that the pain had eased and that he expects to return to the lineup this season. But Samuels, diagnosed in high school with a narrowing of the spinal column, also admitted that this is no routine injury.

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“I’ve had mild [stingers before], but I was able to play,” he said. “This one was pretty bad. I’m staying optimistic [but] any time you’re dealing with the spine, you gotta be safe about it. It’s something I’m going to definitely have to pray about and take some time to think about. I’ve got to listen to the doctors and be smart about it.”

Stephon Heyer, who started the final three games of 2008 at left tackle when Samuels was out with a torn triceps, moves over from right tackle to replace him again.

— David Elfin