Samuels to Retire -- Officially, Soon

Monday, Mar 1, 2010  |  Updated 9:16 PM EDT
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Samuels to Retire -- Officially, Soon

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The Washington Redskins will be without their most dominant offensive lineman for good.

As expected for months now, left tackle Chris Samuels is retiring. Samuels told news4 he will answer all questions about his decision Thursday in a noon news conference at Redskins Park.

Samuels has said for months now, if this day would come, it would be extremely difficult, but he has been at a point where he could walk away knowing he gave it his all.

Samuels has been one of the Redskins' top players the past 10 seasons. He has been a starter since he was drafted with the third overall pick in the 2000 NFL draft. Since then, he has made it to the Pro Bowl Six times.

He only played in five games last season because of a neck injury he suffered Oct. 11. Samuels has suffered a condition called "stenosis" -- a tightening of the spine -- for his entire career. After months of tests, Samuels has chosen to retire because of the medical risk associated with the condition.

Hopefully, this decision is enough to convince the organization to draft or trade for another offensive lineman before adding a quarterback to the roster.

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