- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 25, 2007

The bye week comes at just the right time for the Washington Redskins‘ No. 1 receiver.

Santana Moss strained his groin in Sunday’s 24-17 loss to the New York Giants at FedEx Field. The Redskins, however, don’t practice again until Monday and don’t play again until Oct. 7, leaving Moss plenty of time to recover.

“It’s perfect timing,” said Moss, who was injured making a 15-yard catch in the final two minutes. “Gotta let it heal. I did it on the field of battle, so, hey, I ain’t mad at it. As soon as [Giants safety Gibril Wilson] hit me on my tailbone, I had so much weight going forward my leg was caught in the ground.”

Moss said he wouldn’t be able to play if Washington had a game this week.

“You strain your groin and see if you’re going to be able to do something,” Moss said. “Be realistic. You can be tough … but you gotta make sure it’s right. … When you have a strain, you have to get to the point where you don’t feel the strain again.”

Moss, who missed two games last season with a sore left hamstring, said he won’t be fully healthy all year.

“[What I have] takes almost a year to heal,” Moss said. “We caught it in OTAs when all I had was inflammation in the area, so I don’t need surgery. We calmed it down. All year what I’ll be doing is treating it, strengthening that area. I had a fluid imbalance on the right side of my groin. I kind of got it under control. I’ve been playing fine. But it’s still there. It’s not going nowhere.”

Moss, who leads the Redskins with 12 catches, said that after seven seasons he knows almost immediately what his body can handle.

“Certain guys have to deal with things that other guys don’t,” Moss said. “I’m one of those guys that deals with stuff. I know until I’m done I’m going to have to deal with certain things. … I didn’t practice [Friday] because my leg was tight. It was still kind of tight yesterday, but I went out there because I knew it wasn’t injured. So I wrapped my leg up and went to work.”

Battered defense

Cornerback Fred Smoot, sidelined the past two games, still has swelling in the hamstring he hurt in practice two weeks ago. Defensive tackles Cornelius Griffin (small meniscus tear in his right knee that could require offseason surgery) and Anthony Montgomery (sprained right hand) and safety LaRon Landry (lacerated right hand) were injured against the Giants.

Linebacker Rocky McIntosh aggravated a pinched nerve in his shoulder. Defensive end Phillip Daniels suffered a bruised back, but his previously sprained foot held up OK. Receiver Antwaan Randle El (knee), fullback Mike Sellers (calf) and kick returner Rock Cartwright (toe) also were injured in Sunday’s loss.

The Redskins practiced on Tuesdays and Wednesdays the past two years during bye week, but coach Joe Gibbs gave the players the next six days off because of all the injuries and because they will have 13 weeks without a break when they return. However, those who need medical treatment have to lift weights at least one day this week.

A fallen friend

The health of former Redskins defensive tackle Cedric Killings was a topic in yesterday’s defensive line meeting. Killings, who was with the Redskins from 2004 to 2005, fractured a vertebra in his neck while playing for the Houston Texans against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday but was able to stand yesterday.

“We’re very concerned about Ced,” defensive tackle Ryan Boschetti said. “We were glad when we heard that he has some movement.”

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