Chris Samuels, the Redskins’ perennial Pro Bowl left tackle who has placed on injured reserve early in the season due to a career-threatening neck injury, had originally planned to make a decision about whether or not he would try to continue his playing career around the end of the season.
However, that decision is now likely to come in February, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Samuels originally was leaning toward retiring, and told some teammates that was his likely direction, after the disc injury ended his season. He has seen other specialists since and is scheduled to get another opinion after allowing time for more rest. At that point, he will opt whether or not to try to play again.
The initial diagnosis “scared” Samuels, according to a source close to him, and he still could opt to retire, but is gathering as much information as possible.
Samuels has spent his entire career with the Redskins since being drafted third overall in 2000.