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Technically, Samuels and Betts failed physicals

As the dust settles on the flurry of activity that closed out the 2009 league year and officially dropped the ball on the 2010 offseason, there are two developments in D.C. that require further comment.

Per a league source, the departures of running back Ladell Betts and tackle Chris Samuels officially came with the designation of “failed physical.”

The end result is the same — neither guy is on the team.  But it wasn’t a traditional release of Betts, and it was anything but a traditional retirement for Samuels.

Indeed, Samuels technically is a free agent.  Thus, if at some point he decides to make a comeback, he would be able to sign with any team. 

Typically, teams place retired players on the Reserve-Retired list, holding their rights indefinitely.

That said, the chances of Samuels playing again are remote; the retirement was caused by a neck injury that by all appearances prevents him from returning.

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9 Responses to “Technically, Samuels and Betts failed physicals”
  1. oldskool says: Mar 7, 2010 12:30 PM

    Samuels will not play another down in the NFL and retire a Redskin. There’s not even a remote possibility that he tries to play after what his physicians told him about his neck.

  2. clevelandmetal13 says: Mar 7, 2010 12:37 PM

    Technically, this is retarded news. Who cares if a guy who’s “chances of playing again are remote” was not placed on the reserve-retired list.
    Not much going on at the office today, Flo?

  3. scoliosis says: Mar 7, 2010 12:44 PM

    You are an idiot. Samuels is going right into coaching this offseason.

  4. joshington says: Mar 7, 2010 12:45 PM


  5. polakojones says: Mar 7, 2010 1:13 PM

    what does an nfl physical entail?

  6. prophet of the light says: Mar 7, 2010 1:31 PM

    Can you raise your arms above your head? What is your height? what is your weight?
    simple things like that. Samuels is in terrible shape with his spine and all.

  7. Boofer T Justice says: Mar 7, 2010 1:47 PM

    If Samuels wanted to unretire, he could go the Bruce/Deon route and could earn a big pay day by signing with the Redsk… oh, wait.

  8. ☻☼CBS, FOX, ESPN, NFLN nbc says: Mar 7, 2010 1:51 PM

    Samuels playing again are remote; he retirement was caused by a neck injury……..
    he retirement*

  9. ☻☼CBS, FOX, ESPN, NFLN nbc says: Mar 7, 2010 2:58 PM

    Right when i was starting to like Ladell Betts the SKin’s cut his throat. Oh well

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