Report: Redskins will operate as if Samuels is retiring

The Washington Redskins are going to operate as if left tackle Chris Samuels is headed to retirement, according to Jason Reid of the Washington Post. Samuels said more than a month ago that he remained undecided on his future, but the Reid cites people familiar with the situation as saying Samuels is expected to hang ‘em up because of the neck injury he suffered.

Samuels was injured Oct. 11 at Carolina and he sufferes from stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal column. He could face paralysis if he continues his career.

Redskins general manager Bruce Allen said that he has no update on the situation. The Redskins own the fourth pick in the draft and as Reid writes, “in terms of their draft preparations, the Redskins are expected to proceed as if Samuels will retire.”

Top to bottom, the line was a disaster last season. Vinny Cerrato didn’t adequately provide backup plans and injuries ravaged the unit. It has to be a top priority for an offensive-minded head coach like Mike Shanahan whose son Kyle will be running the offense.

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