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News & Notes: Samuels' Knee Making Progress

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Chris Samuels walked out of the locker room at Redskins Park and, to no one in particular, said "I got to get this knee right."

With that, Samuels headed into the athletic trainers room for treatment.

A few hours later on Thursday, he was out on the practice fields working alongside his teammates.

It was full participation for Samuels, who is expected to return to the starting lineup in Monday night's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Samuels sat out last week's game against the Detroit Lions due to some cartilage pain in his right knee. Stephon Heyer started in his place at left tackle.

Said Jim Zorn: "Chris is still sore, but he worked through some limited reps and did a good job."

-- MOSS, PORTIS STILL OUT

Santana Moss and Clinton Portis sat out practice for the second consecutive day on Thursday.

Moss has a hamstring injury and Portis has an ankle injury.

Regarding Moss, Zorn said: "I think he's going to be fine as he works through it. His hammy knotted up during the [Rams] game, but it's not bad enough to keep him out of [this Monday's] game."

Regarding Portis, Zorn said: "He was paying attention in practice, which we need him to if he is going to be ready to play."

-- LANDRY'S HAMSTRING

LaRon Landry missed all of training camp and preseason rehabbing a hamstring injury.

It's an injury that can return through the course of a season. And Landry's hamstring started acting up again last week.

Landry sat out practice on Wednesday and Thursday.

"He's nursing the hamstring a little bit right now," Jim Zorn said. "He's not comfortable yet."

-- CHEERS FOR BIG BEN

Ben Roethlisberger caught the attention of Redskins fans this week when he commented that he doesn't like playing at FedExField because the cheerleaders are a "distraction."

Asked about Roethlisberger's comments, Greg Blache replied: "I don't do the cheerleader part and my assistants don't coach up the cheerleader part. Ben has to keep his eyes focused on the games and stop looking at the cheerleaders."

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