- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Left tackle Chris Samuels and receiver Santana Moss, both game-time decisions because of knee and hamstring injuries, respectively, started Monday night for the Washington Redskins in the 23-6 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Each survived the game without major incident.

“I made it through,” said Moss, who had just two catches for 14 yards before leaving in the fourth quarters after the hamstring tightened.

“My knee’s a little sore, but everybody’s aching,” Samuels said, referring to the Redskins’ 15 weeks without a break. “I can’t make any excuses.”

Moss’ status was in question after he did not practice the entire week following his fourth-quarter injury in the win at Detroit.

Samuels’ sprained right knee kept him out against the Lions, his first absence in almost five years.

He was flagged twice for holding and was beaten for at least one of the seven sacks allowed.

The Redskins reported just one new injury. Defensive tackle Anthony Montgomery strained an Achilles tendon.

The Redskins took the field without starters Shawn Springs (calf) and Jason Taylor (calf) and reserve running back Ladell Betts (knee). All three players are expected to return for the Redskins’ next game, one week from Sunday against Dallas.

Springs’ injury kept him out for the fifth time this season, and Fred Smoot again got the start. Taylor underwent a procedure on his surgically repaired calf last Monday and was ruled out early in the week.

Meanwhile, Betts, who hasn’t played since injuring his left knee in the Oct. 12 win over Cleveland, is one of the few Redskins players not excited about next week’s bye.

“I’ve already had two bye weeks,” Betts said. “That’s too much of a break for me already.”

While many of his teammates will be hitting the road for a five-day break beginning Tuesday afternoon, Betts will continue rehabbing at Redskin Park.

“It’s like night and day,” Betts said. “The first couple of days after I got hurt, I could hardly walk. Now I can bend my knee. I’ve got most of my range of motion back. Now we’re working on getting my strength back. I want to do some running next week, and hopefully I’ll be back for Dallas.”

Cars damaged

A Redskins spokesperson said a grill left burning by a Steelers fan caused several cars in the orange parking lot to go up in flames.

No injuries were reported.

Electoral impact

Redskins coach Jim Zorn likes the idea of “Monday Night Football” at FedEx Field on the eve of the election.

“[NFL commissioner] Roger Goodell set it up very well that we could have a Monday night game in D.C. the night before the election,” Zorn said. “I think it’s unique for the nation to have two things focused around the nation’s capital.

“One is definitely bigger than the other, believe me.”

Two decades later

Because of quirks in the schedule before the NFL went to a firm rotation of interconference games with the eight-division setup in 2002, Monday night’s game was Pittsburgh’s first regular-season contest at Washington since 1988.

That may not seem like that long ago, but consider that in 1988 Zorn was in his first year as an assistant at Boise State, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was a junior in high school and Redskins receivers Malcolm Kelly and Devin Thomas were a year old.

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