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Observation deck: Samuels would be big loss

The Redskins will need their key players to stay healthy if they are to reach the postseason, writes Jeffri Chadiha.

Originally Published: August 3, 2007
By Jeffri Chadiha | ESPN.com
ASHBURN, Va. -- Four observations from Washington Redskins training camp, gleaned from the team's practices:

Clinton Portis
Ronald Martinez/Getty ImagesThe Redskins will need a healthy Clinton Portis in 2007.
1. Injury bug bites early

The Redskins have to be nervous about the knee injury that has sidelined Pro Bowl left tackle Chris Samuels for a month. Last year, they watched running back Clinton Portis sustain a preseason shoulder injury, a setback that wrecked their hopes of jumping out to a good start.

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