Monday, December 8, 2008

The Washington Redskins not only lost their fourth game in five weeks Sunday night in Baltimore, they also lost left tackle Chris Samuels for the rest of the year. Samuels sustained a 50 percent tear of his right triceps tendon, coach Jim Zorn said today. The injury will require surgery.

The perennial Pro Bowl player was injured in the second half of the 24-10 loss to the Ravens, joining right tackle Jon Jansen on the sideline.

Jansen sustained a second-degree sprain of his MCL in his left knee in the first half and was replaced by Stephon Heyer. Heyer moved to left tackle when Samuels was injured and center/guard Justin Geisinger took over at right tackle.

Jansen said he hasn’t ruled himself out for the Cincinnati game.

“Right now, we’re taking it day to day and seeing how it responds to the treatment,” he said in a telephone interview. “It’s hard to tell right now because it’s normally a 2-4 week injury but we don’t have the luxury of that.”

Jansen last injured his knee during his rookie year in 1999. His serious injuries have been to his ankle and Achilles’ tendon.

Zorn said Heyer will start at left tackle Sunday at Cincinnati and veteran Jason Fabini, who has been inactive for most of the year, will get the first shot at right tackle along with youngsters Chad Rinehart and Devin Clark.

Clark will be elevated from the practice squad when Samuels is placed on injured reserve.

“We can’t get any more injuries,” Zorn said. “We just flat can’t. They cannot get hurt. That’s my mandate for them today.”

The Redskins (7-6) have lost four of five and are in an offensive free-fall, scoring only 33 points in the four losses. They rank 29th in the league in scoring.

Two defensive players were also having injuries checked out Monday. Rookie safety Chris Horton was having an MRI for a possible labrum tear in his shoulder, and defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin was suffering from an abdominal strain and was being examined for a possible hernia.

Samuels, who has been to three straight Pro Bowls, has been bothered by a sore knee for much of the season. The knee caused him to sit out the win over Detroit last month, the first game he has missed since 2003.

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