- The Washington Times - Monday, October 31, 2005

MRI results on the right knee of Washington Redskins left tackle Chris Samuels yesterday revealed no ligament damage, and he expects to play Sunday night against Philadelphia.

Samuels was injured in the second half of Sunday’s 36-0 loss to the New York Giants. He attempted to play with the injury but was replaced by 42-year-old Ray Brown.

“Everything is intact as far as my ligaments, and there’s just a little cartilage roughness that caused my knee to flare up,” Samuels said. “I’ll probably sit out a couple days this week, but I’m pretty sure I’ll be ready for Sunday.”

Along with the MRI, Samuels said his knee also was drained of fluid and injected with cortisone. Offseason arthroscopic surgery is a possibility. Samuels missed three games in 2003 because of an injury to the same knee.

Meanwhile, the Redskins’ defensive line remains injury-plagued. Tackles Joe Salave’a (foot), Cornelius Griffin (hip flexor), Cedric Killings (ankle) and Aki Jones (hamstring) and end Phillip Daniels (ankle) are expected to be on the team’s injury report this week. Athletic trainer Bubba Tyer said Griffin likely will be listed as questionable.

Salave’a is scheduled to have an MRI. He has tried to play through the injury but left the Giants game and did not return. Daniels sustained a sprained left ankle against the Giants.

“It’s painful right now,” he said. “I’ve had worse injuries and played, so I have faith I’ll be out there. When it happened, the trainers were telling me to stay out, but I said, ‘Hey, we don’t have anybody else.’ ”

H-back Chris Cooley sustained hip and knee injuries, and the team was awaiting results of an MRI on his knee.

“I’m concerned because a number of these injuries could keep some of them out [during practice],” coach Joe Gibbs said. “We’ll need some practice squad guys to stand up and go both ways, so it’s going to be a tough week for us.”

Portis: Let it go

Running back Clinton Portis had a career-low 9 yards rushing against the Giants.

“I’m not complaining,” he said. “We’re trying to win and I’m not going to turn into an outcast and say, ‘Put the ball in my hands.’ Nothing was working for us.”

Game time changed

The Redskins’ game at Tampa Bay on Nov. 13 has been moved from 1 to 4:15 p.m. because it is expected to be Fox’s primary doubleheader game that afternoon.

Kicker decision looming

John Hall was active Sunday, but punter Derrick Frost handled the opening kickoff and Hall did not attempt any field goals or extra points. Therefore, the Redskins still have Hall and Nick Novak on the roster.

Gibbs said the injury situation along the defensive line likely will force the team to make a decision on a kicker this week.

Extra points

Philadelphia’s 49-21 loss to Denver on Sunday was the most points allowed and tied for largest margin of defeat in Andy Reid’s six-plus seasons as Eagles coach. …

Redskins receiver David Patten only has seven receptions in his last three games. “Like I tell the young guys, you have to keep some type of even keel and continue to work,” he said. “I’ve been doing this for eight years, so I know making plays is in me. When the chance comes, it’s going to happen. I just have to be patient.”…

Linebacker LaVar Arrington’s playing time increased against the Giants — he played more than 25 snaps and replaced Warrick Holdman in the second half. Arrington had four tackles. “He’s had two good weeks and has played much more, which is good news,” Gibbs said. “His heart is in it, he’s going after it and we’ll see where it leads.”s

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