- The Washington Times - Friday, November 3, 2006

4:42 p.m.

Pro Bowl receiver Santana Moss, who became a Washington hero with two late, long touchdown catches to stun Dallas last season, won’t play when the desperate 2-5 Redskins meet the 4-3 Cowboys on Sunday at FedEx Field.

Moss, still sidelined by a strained left hamstring, stood in gray sweats as his teammates went through their final practice today.

“You’re seeing how I’m dressed,” said Moss, who was hurt in the Oct. 22 loss at Indianapolis and hasn’t practiced since. “How can you go out there and do something when you haven’t even put out the work? It’s not right for me to say I’m going to jump out there and try and go 100 miles per hour. Feeling good walking or feeling good jogging is nowhere near how it’s going to be doing something that’s football-related, especially what I do: running, stopping and cutting.”

Although he was bothered by ailing hamstrings during his last three seasons with the New York Jets, Moss missed just two games because of those recurring problems and has yet to miss a game during his two years in Washington.

“I’ve dealt with it before,” Moss said. “I went out there and tried [to play] with it, and it didn’t do anything except carry on week to week to week. So instead of going through that all over again, I just said the leg will let me know when it’s ready.”

Moss’ absence would be felt sorely because he has a team-high 28 catches and his 435 yards are twice as many as any teammate has. Moss had 11 catches for 301 yards and two touchdowns in three games against the Cowboys since joining the Redskins last season.

“You’re going to miss Santana,” Redskins coach Joe Gibbs said. “It’s looking more and more like it’s going to be hard for him to go. We’re going to have to have some other guys step up.”

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