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Chris Samuels | Tackle

Team: Washington Redskins
Age / DOB:  (37) / 7/28/1977
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 317
College: Alabama
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Retired LT Chris Samuels is expected to remain part of the Redskins coaching staff at least through training camp.
Samuels will also represent the Redskins at Radio City Music Hall on Thursday night, when the team is expected to select his replacement with the No. 4 overall pick. Samuels, 32, apparently isn't interested in getting away from football for awhile. Mon, Apr 19, 2010 09:23:00 AM

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The Redskins formally released LT Chris Samuels after he announced his retirement Thursday.

The transaction is odd for a player likely heading to the team's Ring of Honor, but means that if Samuels does try to play again, he'll be an unrestricted free agent first. Samuels is only 32, so we wouldn't rule out a return despite his career-threatening spinal stenosis. Still, it's believed Samuels could risk paralysis by continuing to play football.
Sun, Mar 7, 2010 01:30:00 PM

Redskins announced that LT Chris Samuels will formally retire from football as a press conference Thursday.

The 32-year-old's career was shortened by a neck injury. Samuels probably didn't last long enough to garner serious Hall of Fame consideration, but he was a stalwart left tackle for nine years in D.C. Drafted with the No. 3 overall pick in 2000, Samuels became an immediate starter and went on to make six Pro Bowls. He should be a shoo-in for the Redskins' Ring of Honor.
Wed, Mar 3, 2010 12:23:00 PM

Chris Samuels (neck) is expected to officially announce his retirement at a press conference later this week.

Specialists have told Samuels that if he prolongs his career, he would risk paralysis. Still, Samuels chose to hold off on officially hanging it up until his latest checkup. The six-time Pro Bowl left tackle will leave a gaping hole in a Redskins' line that needs a complete overhaul. The Redskins could use the No. 4 overall pick on Oklahoma State LT Russell Okung.
Mon, Mar 1, 2010 09:07:00 AM

Several people familiar with Chris Samuels' thinking tell Redskins beat writer Jason Reid that they still expect him to retire.

Samuels and the Redskins are keeping quiet about the six-time Pro Bowler's status. Doctors have reportedly told Samuels, who has a neck/spine injury, that he may never walk again if he prolongs his football career. The Redskins are proceeding as if they won't have Samuels.
Mon, Feb 22, 2010 09:32:00 AM

Redskins LT Chris Samuels (neck) insisted Wednesday that he still hasn't decided whether to retire.

He'll know more after another checkup in 3-4 weeks. "I want to play. I love to play the game. But at this point, my health is first," Samuels said. The Skins need offensive line help badly whether or not Samuels returns. Anything they get from the 32-year-old in 2010 should be considered a bonus.
Wed, Jan 13, 2010 03:45:00 PM

Redskins LT Chris Samuels (neck) will make a decision on his future in February after seeing another doctor.

Samuels has been pondering retirement after suffering a neck injury in October and it has been reported several times that he will, indeed, retire. At 32, Samuels is still at an age where he can play and the Redskins need him back.
Mon, Dec 28, 2009 10:43:00 PM

Redskins LT Chris Samuels (spine, injured reserve) said Sunday he is feeling better and hasn't ruled out playing again.

Samuels told some teammates he was planning on retiring, but has apparently changed those plans. He'll be re-evaluated in a couple months and will decide about the fate of his career then. Samuels is still only 32 and the Redskins are desperate for him to return.
Mon, Nov 9, 2009 09:35:00 AM

Redskins placed LT Chris Samuels (spine) on injured reserve, ending his season.

This is just a formality as Samuels is seriously considering retirement. He's been warned that if he tries to play again he could end up not being able to walk. Expect an official decision on Samuels' career after the season. Regardless, the Redskins sorely need to draft a handful of offensive lineman in the 2010 draft.
Sat, Oct 31, 2009 04:20:00 PM

Redskins LT Chris Samuels has told people in the organization he plans to retire, sources tell the Washington Post.

Samuels has consulted with specialists about his neck injury and they warned him that he may not walk again if he attempts to prolong his career. Samuels, 32, is not expected to make a final decision until December or January.
Mon, Oct 26, 2009 11:15:00 AM

The Redskins are expected to place LT Chris Samuels (spine) on injured reserve during their Week 8 bye.

"He'll probably go on injured reserve so we can get that roster spot," coach Jim Zorn said. Doctors reportedly told Samuels that he risked paralysis by trying to play again. The 32-year-old's career is thought to be over.
Sat, Oct 24, 2009 02:18:00 PM

Updating a previous item, the Washington Post reports that Redskins LT Chris Samuels is likely to retire.

The original report claimed that Samuels definitely would retire, but the story has been revised. The new report says he "will most likely retire." Samuels, 32, is done for 2009 due to an aggravation of his spinal condition that occurred two weeks ago. The Skins have nothing remotely resembling a long-term replacement on their current roster. Stephon Heyer is starting there now.
Fri, Oct 23, 2009 05:59:00 PM

Redskins LT Chris Samuels will visit a neck specialist in L.A. this week to determine whether he can play football again.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the "thinking" is that Samuels is done for 2009 and there are "those that believe" he won't play again. The Skins will be in the market for two starting tackles, one guard, and possibly a new center in the offseason. It's the worst offensive line situation in the league.
Wed, Oct 21, 2009 03:32:00 PM

Redskins LT Chris Samuels (spine) has been ruled out for Monday night's game against the Eagles.

No one knows how long Samuels will be out, but it doesn't sound good. The team is waiting for an expert on spinal injuries to examine Samuels' MRI. Expect the Eagles to attack backup linemen Stephon Heyer and Will Montgomery.
Wed, Oct 21, 2009 09:34:00 AM

Redskins declared LT Chris Samuels, P Hunter Smith, CB Kevin Barnes, WR Anthony Alridge, LB Robert Henson, OL Chad Rinehart and WR Marko Mitchell inactive for Week 6 against the Chiefs.

There's no timetable for Samuels' return from a neck injury and it's possible that the six-time Pro Bowler is done for the season.
Sun, Oct 18, 2009 12:06:00 PM

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