Sources: Washington WR Moss won't play Sunday
Washington Redskins second-year quarterback Jason Campbell, who will make his first regular-season start on Sunday afternoon after being inactive for the first 25 games of his NFL career, won't have a key security blanket for the matchup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
That's because Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss, slowed by a sore left hamstring the past several weeks, will miss his second game in the team's last three contests.
Although the official injury report lists Moss as "doubtful" and coach Joe Gibbs insisted his availability will be a game-time decision, league and team sources said the explosive wide receiver won't play.
Moss acknowledged to the Washington Post that he will not play in Campbell's first start. Washington also will be without star tailback Clinton Portis, who was placed on injured reserve this week with hand and shoulder injuries, thus ending his season.
"Every time I tried to go out, my leg would just pitter-patter," Moss told the Post, after a week of preparation for the Bucs in which he was unable to practice at full-speed. "I couldn't do anything. This is annoying the [heck] out of me."
The sixth-year veteran leads the Redskins with 31 receptions for 452 yards and three touchdowns. His production, however, is well below its 2005 levels, when he had 84 catches for 1,483 yards and nine touchdowns, and was named to the Pro Bowl.
All three of Moss' touchdowns this season came in the same game, an overtime contest against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Oct. 1. That game, in which he had four catches for 138 yards, also represents his lone 100-yard effort of the year.
Moss hasn't gained more than 69 receiving yards in any other game this season, and has been held to 50 yards or fewer in five of the last six outings. Against Philadelphia last week, clearly playing injured, Moss managed just three receptions for 17 yards.
He initially strained his left hamstring at Indianapolis on Oct. 22. After a bye week, he sat out the Nov. 5 game against Dallas, then returned, obviously at less than 100 percent, for last week's game at Philadelphia.
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