As expected Chris Samuels was put on the Injured Reserve by the Washington Redskins. This could be the beginning of the end for the 'Skins Pro Bowl left tackle, drafted with the number three pick in 2000.
Samuels suffers from a condition called stenosis, a narrowing of the spine. He aggravated his neck in the Carolina game and there have been worries that the injury might be serious enough to force Samuels to hang up his spikes.
The dismantling of a solid Redskin offensive line is underway. Jon Jansen was just released during the offseason and it appears Randy Thomas' career is close to being over. That leaves Derrick Dockery and Casey Rabach as the only linemen that have anchored the line for much of the decade.
In other injury news, linebacker HB Blades and corner Byron Westbrook are both unlikely to play against Atlanta this week as they underwent arthroscopic knee surgery. Both players suffered meniscus tears against the Eagles.
That means we will be seeing rookies Kevin Barnes at CB and Robert Henson at LB. Neither have dressed thus far.
And the biggest change this week will be at punt returner. Antwaan Randle El's role will be diminished and Deangelo Hall is now the primary punt returner. Those two and Santana Moss will all go back for returns in the future.
I hate this move. It's just too pansy. This is the vibe I get:
"Well we have finally realized that Antwaan sucks at returning, but we don't want to give up on him so he'll still get some returns. And we don't want Santana to get hurt so he'll only get in there as a change of pace return guy. So we'll let Deangelo handle most of the punt return duties. But not all of them."
Make up your damn minds.
Here's the take on Redskins Insider.