Santana Moss

Moss' hamstring back to full strength

Lost in the midst of Washington's near-elimination from theplayoff race with last Sunday's loss to Atlanta was receiver Santana Moss' return to the form that made him a Pro Bowl starter last season.

After battling a strained hamstring for five weeks, Moss showed he was back on his initial catch, leaping over Falcons DeAngelo Hall and Chris Crocker to corral a 42-yard lofted pass from Jason Campbell for the touchdown that gave the Redskins an early 14-0 lead.

"The touchdown was like a sigh of relief," said Moss, who hadn't scored since the overtime game-winner on Oct. 1 against Jacksonville. I just want to [help] give our team a chance to win games. They got me here for a reason. I felt good [the previous week against Carolina when he had just 12 yards on three catches], too, but your first game back, you're not going to be yourself. Playing that whole game gave me a game to really say, 'OK. I did that.' I had a gauge. I could watch myself on film, say I did all right and now I can do a little more in practice and go out and play a little differently."

In a Down Year, Moss Looks Good by Comparison

Santana Moss, dogged by a series of hamstring problems, will come nowhere close to the franchise record he set for receiving yards in 2005, but in a league filled with wide receivers who whine about their roles or production, Moss has been a mature and incident-free presence with the Redskins.

In both tough and successful times, Moss has endeared himself to teammates and coaches. The former Miami star said that hasn't always been the case with him -- he had an occasional flare-up when he was with the New York Jets -- but he has learned to control his emotions as well as his tongue. Moss, 27, has maintained a perspective on his ups and downs that does not go unnoticed, especially when teammate Brandon Lloyd is throwing helmets -- and tantrums.

"I used to pout and [complain] and moan and worry about this and worry about that, but what it all boils down to is you're hurting something else," Moss said. "All we can do is get better. We can't sit around here and dwell on what happened. We have to move on."

Moss to return against Carolina

Pro Bowl receiver Santana Moss, who missed two of the past three games with a strained hamstring, practiced for a third straight day and expects to play tomorrow when the Washington Redskins play host to the Carolina Panthers. Moss had sat out against Dallas, returned to have his worst day with the Redskins in Philadelphia and was inactive again last week at Tampa Bay.

"I've been waiting on a day like this to go out there and be able to do more," said Moss, who was hurt on Oct. 22 at Indianapolis. "I feel 10 times better than I did in Philly. I felt like I had healed, but I didn't have the strength I needed. As [this] week went on, I felt like I had the strength back. [Today] I ran swift. I ran confident. I ran hard."


Moss likely out tomorrow

As if making his first NFL start without record-setting running back Clinton Portis wasn't enough of a burden for Washington Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell, he also won't have Pro Bowl receiver Santana Moss to throw to tomorrow against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Moss didn't practice for a second straight day because of a strained left hamstring and said he won't play, although coach Joe Gibbs opted to hold out hope for a miraculous recovery by kickoff. Moss, who was hurt on Oct. 22 at Indianapolis, missed the Dallas game on Nov. 5 -- his first absence in two seasons with Washington.

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Redskins' Moss practices, upgraded to probable for Sunday's game

Moss missed last week's game with a strained left hamstring. He returned to practice Wednesday and has gradually increased his workload.

"Every day this week, I went up the ladder and did more running," Moss said. "It showed me what I pretty much thought it was going to show me _ it's getting back up to strength on a daily basis. That doesn't mean you're fully healed. It just means you're on the right pace."

Coach Joe Gibbs said he won't decide whether Moss plays until the pregame workout Sunday.

Moss continues to rehab

Week 3 of the Santana Moss Hamstring Watch began yesterday, and nothing has changed. The Washington Redskins receiver remains out of practice and is questionable for Sunday's game in Philadelphia.
Moss was injured in the second half of the Redskins' game at Indianapolis on Oct. 22 and has yet to go through a full workout. Coach Joe Gibbs said Moss did some running work during practice yesterday.

Before practice, Moss said: "I don't think it would be very smart to go out there and run wild. Rehabbing it, I feel fine, but I have to get to the point where I feel fine when I'm doing something. That's the next step."

Moss Returns To Practice With Caution

Washington Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss returned to practice yesterday, although not in a full capacity, while quarterback Mark Brunell rested, although he is scheduled to start Sunday in Philadelphia. Moss missed last week's game and is nursing a hamstring injury, and said he will have to progress daily this week in order to play.

Moss is Washington's best deep threat and top all-around receiver, and no one surpassed 70 yards receiving in his absence against the Cowboys. No other wide receiver on the team has even 200 receiving yards this season, and Moss wants badly to return, but is taking a cautious approach. Wet conditions have prompted an even more conservative attitude during practice.

Moss Unsure If He'll Play Against Eagles

Receiver Santana Moss said his strained hamstring is healing but he is still unsure if he will be able to play this weekend in Philadelphia. Tackle Jon Jansen (calf), tight end Chris Cooley (shoulder) and tight end Christian Fauria (ankle) were among a handful of players receiving treatment yesterday at Redskins Park as well.

Moss, Washington's leading receiver by far, set a franchise record for receiving yards in 2005, and no other wide receiver on the team has even 200 yards this season. Coach Joe Gibbs said he is remaining optimistic about Moss being able to face the Eagles, but admits the injury could require another week of rest as some blood has gathered at the bottom of his left hamstring.

Moss out for Cowboys game

Pro Bowl receiver Santana Moss, who became a Washington hero with two late, long touchdown catches to stun Dallas last season, won't play when the desperate Redskins (2-5) meet the Dallas Cowboys tomorrow at FedEx Field.

Moss, still sidelined by a strained left hamstring, watched in gray sweats as his teammates went through their final practice yesterday.

"You're seeing how I'm dressed," said Moss, who hasn't practiced since getting hurt in the Oct. 22 loss at Indianapolis. "How can you go out there and do something when you haven't even put out the work? It's not right for me to say I'm going to jump out there and try and go 100 miles per hour."

Moss Is Uncertain To Play Vs. Dallas

Santana Moss, by far the Washington Redskins' most productive receiver since his arrival in 2005, missed practice again yesterday with a strained hamstring, making it uncertain whether he will play Sunday against Dallas. Moss has not been on the field for a full training session since suffering the injury in a Week 7 loss at Indianapolis, and has a history of hamstring problems.

Should Moss be unable to play, there could be more work for James Thrash, a special teams stalwart. Wide receiver David Patten, who is also nursing a hamstring injury, returned for practice and is listed as probable, while wide receiver Brandon Lloyd did not practice fully because of a shoulder injury. He, too, is probable. Moss has more receiving yards this season (435) than Washington's other four wide receivers combined (397), and is the primary target for quarterback Mark Brunell. He also is the only player able to repeatedly produce big plays in this passing offense the last two seasons, an area of particular significance given the Redskins' inconsistent attack in 2006.

Skins' Moss healing slowly

Mark Brunell, Clinton Portis and Santana Moss remained unable to practice Monday as the Washington Redskins returned from a four-day, bye-week vacation. Of the three, Moss was the least optimistic about playing in Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Moss, the team's only consistent receiver this season, is recovering from a strained left hamstring. He said he was being cautious because of his experience with previous hamstring injuries.

"If you go out and try to be Superman, you can prolong the healing process," Moss said. "I don't want to do that. Hopefully, I can play Sunday. I really don't want to miss Sunday, but I don't want to miss any Sunday."

Portis, Moss, Brunell Headline Injury Lis

The Washington Redskins' two most dynamic offensive cogs, running back Clinton Portis and wide receiver Santana Moss, both suffered injuries in Sunday's loss and are among a large contingent of hurting players entering the bye week. Washington's offense has been erratic even with Portis and Moss but, at 2-5 and with Dallas up next, losing either of them would be a significant blow.

Portis wore a walking cast on his left ankle yesterday, suffering from what the team is calling a high ankle sprain. Moss has a strained left hamstring. Neither is expected to participate in the two days of practice this week before players depart for the extended weekend off. Quarterback Mark Brunell has a strained rib muscle and could miss practice today as well, said Bubba Tyer, the team's director of sports medicine, and wide receiver Antwaan Randle El is nursing a sore heel.

Santana Moss Update

Wide receiver Santana Moss sustained a hamstring injury in the second half of Sunday's 36-22 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. He did not return to the game.

Moss's status will be determined by the team later this week.

The Redskins head into a bye week, so there will be plenty of time for Moss to recuperate. Washington hosts the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, Nov. 5, at FedExField.

Moss finished the game with three receptions for 20 yards.

Running back Clinton Portis sustained a lower leg injury in the second half, but he returned to the game.


Mo' Moss: Redskins can't get enough

ASHBURN, Va. -- When his mother finally relented and decided to let him play football, Santana Moss got the ball at his first practice and outran everyone else for what should've been a sure touchdown.

Instead, he slowed down and let everyone tackle him.

''I didn't know the concept,'' Moss said. ''It was kind of funny as a 12-year-old, I didn't know much about the game. But once I learned it, it was downhill from there.''

Giants focus on Moss

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Santana Moss has lived his brother Sinorice's dream.

The 1-2 Giants just hope he doesn't live their ultimate nightmare.

The two instances could be one in the same; namely, turning a medium catch into a long touchdown to win a game on the final play.

"That's a dream of every receiver in the league," said Sinorice, the second-round rookie brother of the 2-2 Redskins' dynamic receiver, who brought three of his four catches last week against Jacksonville into the end zone. "Coming down to the last play or the last couple of plays in a game, you're just wishing you get the ball and you can make a big play."

Moss Earns NFC Weekly Honor

New York, NY - Washington wide receiver Santana Moss, Chicago defensive tackle Tommie Harris and Atlanta kicker Morten Andersen were named NFC Players of the Week for offense, defense and special teams, respectively, for games played in Week 4.

Moss was on the receiving end of a game-winning, 68-yard touchdown strike from Mark Brunell just 1:49 into overtime that lifted the Redskins to a 36-30 win over Jacksonville. The touchdown grab was Moss' third of the day in addition to his 138 yards receiving.

Moss matched a career-high in touchdown receptions for the third time in his career en route to earning his fourth career Player of the Week award.


'He's a Big-Play Receiver' - When a Spark Is Needed on Offense, Redskins Look to Moss

Had the player streaking down the left sideline been wearing any number other than 89, Mark Brunell admits he would not have attempted the pass. Brunell generally chooses not to throw into double coverage, especially in overtime of a wildly competitive game, but the temptation of trying to hit Santana Moss in full stride was just too alluring to resist.

So with the safer routes ruled out, and at least one member of the offensive coaching staff screaming in his headset for the quarterback not to look in Moss's direction, Brunell pumped the ball 20 yards downfield, knowing that if he threw it hard enough and high enough the Redskins' premier playmaker might make something spectacular happen. Moss did just that, slithering between cornerback Brian Williams and safety Deon Grant to barely avoid a collision, hauling in the pass and sprinting downfield untouched to complete a game-winning, 68-yard play on the first possession of overtime Sunday evening at FedEx Field.

Patient Moss hits stride

When the offense sputtered in two losses and then the game plan called for almost exclusively short passes in the third game, Santana Moss didn't whine about his lack of touches, didn't blame the coaching staff for a flawed strategy and didn't call for a quarterback change.

Moss, the Washington Redskins' Pro Bowl receiver, is used to waiting his turn while waiting for an offense to take shape. He did it in high school, at the University of Miami and with the New York Jets.

"I've been patient since Day One," he said. "It started when my mom wouldn't let me play football until I was 12 years old. That appreciation has carried over. I've been through so many things that now, when something happens, I can say, 'I've seen this before.'

A sprinkle of Moss' fertilizer brings the Redskins back to life

The play is testimony to the changed fortunes of the Washington Redskins and the gifts that make Santana Moss one of the best receivers in pro football.

Quarterback Mark Brunell apparently ignored several better options in throwing to Moss on the 68-yard scoring play that gave the Redskins a 36-30 overtime victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday.

"I'm not going to tell you what was said," coach Joe Gibbs explained Monday, "but it was one of those deals in the headphones where you hear, 'Don't go there!' And then the pass is caught and it's 'OK, go there.'


Moss quietly earns respect - Candid Redskins wide receiver builds reputation on plays, not publicity

ASHBURN, VA. // Santana Moss spoke with his mouth full, munching on two cookies as he talked with reporters in the parking lot with the television cameras rolling. His cell phone went off four times, providing a rap music soundtrack to his candid comments.

Moss didn't care. He is not about image. He rarely does anything off the field to draw attention. While other receivers get more publicity - Terrell Owens and Chad Johnson quickly come to mind - Moss is flashy only when the game is in progress.

Reading Between the Letters, Moss Finds the Answer for a Desperate Team

The day began with a woman smiling sweetly at Santana Moss in the elevator of the team's Marriott Hotel and a subtle hint that she would be spending her afternoon in the front row of FedEx Field's east end zone. Right between the "W" and "A" of "Washington Redskins" painted on the wall behind the goalpost.

It was a smile he could not forget. And somehow in the tumult of the game's end, with the ball in his hands and nothing but green and the winning touchdown before him, this is what Moss remembered: between the "W" and the "A."

Jags unable to gather in Moss as Redskins prevail in overtime

LANDOVER, Md. - In the first quarter, Washington Redskins receiver Santana Moss made a spin move that left Jacksonville Jaguars safety Deon Grant sprawled on the grass at the 11-yard line.

In the fourth quarter, Moss caught a pass and darted inside just in time to make cornerback Brian Williams whiff near the goal line.

Then in overtime, Moss dusted Grant and Williams at the same time, leaving them flat-footed on a 68-yard, game-winning catch down the left sideline.

Three dazzling touchdowns.

Moss' TD in OT lifts Redskins over Jags

Landover, MD (Sports Network) - Santana Moss caught a 68-yard touchdown pass from Mark Brunell just under two minutes into overtime, as the Washington Redskins downed the Jacksonville Jaguars, 36-30, at FedEx Field.

Washington won the coin toss, opted to take the ball to start OT and Clinton Portis ran for 17 yards on the first two plays. After a five-yard penalty on Washington, the next play Brunell hit Moss along the left sideline and he split two defenders and raced for the game-winner. The play was reviewed to see if he went out of bounds along his route but the play was upheld

Moss no mystery to Dallas

ASHBURN--When the Redskins visited the Dallas Cowboys last September, wide receiver Santana Moss was essentially known as the quick guy who had been acquired in a trade for the disgruntled Laveranues Coles.

For the first 31/2 quarters of that game, Moss did little to change that notion.

But then with just under four minutes left, quarterback Mark Brunell found Moss for a 39-yard touchdown.

One minute later, Brunell hit Moss for a 70-yard score, sending the Redskins to an improbable 14-13 victory, which was just Washington's second against Dallas in their 16 most recent meetings.

Cowboys-Redskins Remember Moss' Miracle

When Dallas Cowboys quarterback Drew Bledsoe got home from the Monday night game against the Washington Redskins last year, he found voice mails and e-mails congratulating him on the victory.

The problem was, the Cowboys didn't win the game.

Dallas blew a 13-0 lead in the final four minutes. The friends who left Bledsoe the messages live on the East Coast, and they went to bed before Santana Moss caught two long passes in a 14-13 Redskins victory that became an instant classic in the long-running Cowboys-Redskins rivalry.

"They called back the next day and said, 'I'm sorry,'" Bledsoe said.


Washington Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss robbed the Cowboys on Monday Night Football last season.

He'll try to do it on Sunday night this season. Moss scored two late touchdowns a season ago as the Redskins escaped Texas Stadium with a 14-13 victory against the Cowboys in the second week.

Moss, who is in his sixth season, will be a focal point of the Cowboys' defense. He had seven catches for 232 yards (33.1 yards per catch) and two touchdowns combined in the two victories against Dallas last season. With superior speed and excellent ball concentration, Moss has become one of the league's best game-breakers.


Redskins' wide-outs are bonding

ASHBURN, VA. // Brandon Lloyd could sense it nearly from the first time he stepped onto the practice field for the Washington Redskins last spring. As much as he was bonding with new teammates Santana Moss and Antwaan Randle El, there was a pervading sense of competition among the receivers.

Even though Moss had established himself as Mark Brunell's favorite target last season - in reality his only reliable receiver besides tight end Chris Cooley - Lloyd believed that he and fellow newcomer Randle El were actually fighting with Moss for one of the starting jobs.

"It's competition for Santana," Lloyd, who played his first three years in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers before coming over in a trade, said recently with a laugh. "Nobody's sewed up here. Nobody has the edge. There's competition across the board."

Ready for an encore (Santana Moss)

When Santana Moss was traded before last season, his destination was Washington. But the former New York Jets complementary receiver felt like he had landed on the other side of the rainbow.
Moss caught a 52-yard pass in his Redskins debut before earning a spot among the league's elite receivers the next week by hauling in two late touchdown bombs from Mark Brunell to stun the host Dallas Cowboys on "Monday Night Football."
 Moss finished the season with a career-high 84 catches, a franchise-record 1,483 receiving yards and a team-high nine touchdowns, helping the Redskins make the playoffs for the first time in six years and earning his first Pro Bowl appearance.     "Last year was as close to perfect you can get without winning the Super Bowl," Moss said. "The Redskins went and got me, so I couldn't do anything in return except be the player I was. The trade allowed me to go somewhere where they really appreciate my gifts."