- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 1, 2004

The Washington Redskins will be without several key starters for tomorrow night’s preseason finale against the Atlanta Falcons because of injuries.

Linebacker Mike Barrow (knee), guard Randy Thomas (neck) and tackle Chris Samuels (ankle) are expected to miss the game, though no official injury report was given by the team yesterday.

Samuels, who sprained his ankle in last week’s loss at St. Louis, is expected to be ready for the Sept.12 season opener against Tampa Bay. Thomas, who strained his neck lifting weights last week, is less certain to be ready for the Bucs, though yesterday he sounded confident he will be back.

Barrow, on the other hand, continues to be plagued by tendinitis in his left knee. He has yet to play in the preseason, has not fully practiced in almost a month and yesterday bristled when a television reporter asked him whether he was being held out for precautionary reasons.

“I’m hurt. I can’t go,” Barrow said. “If this was a regular-season game, I couldn’t go right now. I’m hurt. So it’s not precautionary. I’m not a franchise player in that regard. I’m hurt. I can’t go.”

The Redskins will have a couple of formerly injured players back on the field tomorrow. Linebacker LaVar Arrington (knee) and defensive end Phillip Daniels (abdomen) expect to see some limited game action for the first time in weeks.

Running back Rock Cartwright is questionable after suffering a stinger in his right shoulder in practice. Coach Joe Gibbs speculated that Cartwright was unlikely to play, but the third-year back — who is in the middle of a crowded competition with backup rushers Ladell Betts, John Simon and Sultan McCullough — said he wants to be in uniform.

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