- The Washington Times - Monday, October 12, 2009

One of the most indispensable Washington Redskins players will be unavailable for Sunday’s game against Kansas City.

Left tackle Chris Samuels, who sustained a neck stinger in the Redskins’ second offensive snap yesterday at Carolina, has been ruled out, according to coach Jim Zorn.

Zorn said Samuels has played the last several years with a narrowing of the spinal column but did not say if an MRI revealed any damage. He also did not put a timetable on Samuels’ return.

“He got popped and got some tingling and we’re checking it out,” Zorn said.

Now, the Redskins will go into the game without two of their five starting offensive linemen; right guard Randy Samuels went down with a torn triceps in Week 2.

The injuries leave the offensive line in disarray. Stephon Heyer will move from right tackle to left tackle; Mike Williams will move from right guard back to right tackle; Chad Rinehart or Will Montgomery will play right guard. Only center Casey Rabach and left guard Derrick Dockery remain in the same position from the opener.

Jason Campbell was sacked a season-high five times by the Panthers and the Redskins will probably resort to using tight ends and running backs in protection for the immediate future.

How the front office constructed the roster is even more in question now that the aging line has been ravaged by injuries.

“I believe this — as we worked through these issues at the critical moments, we made strong efforts to sign a free agent on the O line and looked at the draft,” Zorn said. “But as those things came up, either those guys re-signed with their own teams or other teams or in the draft, we felt other players were better and higher on the board at that particular time.”

Rinehart started two games at right guard before losing his job to Williams. Now Rinehart is back in the mix, but Zorn did not commit to the former third-round pick. Zorn did rule out signing former Redskins left guard Pete Kendall.

In other Redskins developments:

• Defensive end Phillip Daniels confirmed he sustained a torn right biceps muscle but will attempt to play with the injury. He won’t undergo surgery until after the season.

• Zorn on another disappointing defeat: “You get right back at it. It is so hard to do this with these kinds of losses - they’re just heartbreaking. It’s my responsibility, it’s nobody else’s, and I know that. I have resolve. I have commitment. I’m going to get right back in line and go do it again. We’re not trying to do the same thing week in and week out. I want to be 5-0 but we’re not. We have to face our reality and get back at it and try to figure the formula out.”

• Punter Hunter Smith said he remains day to day and his status for Kansas City is uncertain.

• The Redskins have been installed as 6.5-point favorites over the 0-5 Chiefs.

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