Is the career of six time Pro Bowl left tackle Chris Samuels in jeopardy? Samuels went down with a stinger, and to football fans, that’s generally something they associate with a lot of pain, but not much of a recovery time; but there’s a lot more to the situation because of Chris’ Stenosis condition (a narrowing of the spine).
It seems that there’s a lot of wait and see going on, and Chris is going to take Sunday off and get looked at on Tuesday of next week, but is it to determine the fate of his season, or his career?
Jason Reid of the Post thinks that it’s the end of Samuels’ season:
“Samuels plans to meet with physicians Tuesday to re-evaluate his injury, but after speaking with league sources the past two days, I expect Samuels to sit out the rest of the season and seriously contemplate retirement. When you start talking about spinal cords (Samuels has played with stenosis, a narrowing of the spine, since high school.) and possible nerve damage, well, Samuels is too smart to risk his future health.”
To me the question isn’t how long he will be out for this season – but will it be the end of his career? Stenosis IS a serious condition, and Chris isn’t a dumb guy. Neck injuries have a way of bringing more to the table than just pain and a bit of suffering. Whenever real debilitation is a concern, there’s a lot more at stake. So many players push the limits and spend a lifetime paying the price for the decision.
If Samuels’ season is done, I think there’s a good chance that his career will be as well.
Montgomery It Is
The Redskins announced yesterday that Will Montgomery will get the start at guard on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs. Montgomery and Chad Rinehart were the two ‘battling’ for the starting position, as Mike Williams moves outside to tackle; Stephon Heyer is moving to left tackle to sub in for the injured Samuels.
Rinehart is still battling a shoulder injury, so Washington will go with Montgomery.
Is that their best move?
Yesterday the Houston Texans signed veteran guard Tutan Reyes after losing starter Mike Brisiel for the season. Reyes might not be a Randy Thomas, but with 10 years of NFL experience, and after staring 15 games last season for Jacksonville, would he have been a better option than Montgomery?
We’re playing musical chairs with a punter to ‘fill a need,’ how about addressing something that has gone from need, to desperate need?
While I admit that the possibilities aren’t a ‘who’s who’ of offensive linemen, aren’t we just looking for something serviceable? Here is a list that I gleaned from looking at NFL.com’s free agent tracker:
Marc Colombo, Damane Duckett, Jason Fabini, Lennie Friedman, Wayne Gandy, Justin Geisinger, Chris Gray, Kwame Harris, Adrian Jones, Levi Jones*, Pete Kendall, Matt Lehr, Patrick McCoy, Seth McKinney, Terrence Metcalf, Fred Miller, Chris Naeole, Rob Petitti, Grey Ruegamer, Jon Runyan*, Kendall Simmons, Chad Slaughter, Charles Spencer, Barry Stokes, Zach Strief, Mark Tauscher, and Jason Whittle
I didn’t put any centers down, but perhaps I should have; I don’t dare think what would happen if Casey Rabach went down. Montgomery would move to Center, and then presumably Rinehart would come in at Guard; so maybe I should have noted the available centers as well. If somebody is so inclined, maybe they could check the link above and note the ‘TBD’ at the center position.
Anyway, how do you not bring someone in for at least a tryout? How can a Jon Runyan or a Levi Jones not be worth having a look at? It’s ironic that there are quite a few former Redskins in there too (Fabini/Friedman/Geisinger/Kendall) – I can’t profess to know what kind of shape ANY of these guys are in, but are we trying to find out? Friedman was a very serviceable player for us, and could play all 3 inside positions – he at least USED TO BE better than what we currently have on the roster, and at least has some experience. Does Kendall have injury baggage? If not, give him a call. Besides – don’t we need at least an extra body or two to guard against even further injury? Line ’em up and bring them in I say!
If the only answer as to why the Redskins haven’t been looking is because there’s nothing of value available – maybe they should take a closer look at what they’re currently putting out on the field.
While the Redskins are officially ‘cautiously optimistic,’ if there’s one more injury – things are going to go from the desperate to the sublime.
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