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By The Associated Press
Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009

ASHBURN, Va. — Washington Redskins linebacker H.B. Blades and cornerback Byron Westbrook are recovering from knee surgery, and left tackle Chris Samuels is out for the season.

Spokesman Zack Bolno also confirmed that Blades (Pitt) and Westbrook had knee operations this week. Both were injured in the Monday night loss to Philadelphia and will miss next week's game at Atlanta at least. Coach Jim Zorn is expected to update the status of both players Monday.

The Redskins made the expected move of placing six-time Pro Bowl lineman Samuels on injured reserve Saturday. Samuels has a chronic spinal condition and will decide in a few months whether to return next season or retire.

The Redskins have a bye this weekend.

Cardinals, Panthers meet again

The date was Jan. 10, 2009. Upstart Arizona stunned Carolina, 33-13, in Charlotte, sending the Cardinals to the NFC Championship Game and Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme on a downward spiral that hasn't stopped.

The teams meet again today, with Arizona riding a three-game winning streak and coming off one of its biggest regular-season wins, 24-17, last Sunday night at the New York Giants.

Delhomme, meanwhile, is clinging to his job. He threw five interceptions in that playoff loss to Arizona, and has an NFL-worst 13 this season.

He insists memories of that playoff debacle have been flushed away, although he acknowledges "there is not evidence that it has been, obviously, by the way I've played or we've played."

Carolina (2-4) is coming off a painful home loss to Buffalo when the Panthers outgained the Bills, 425-167, but fell victim to four turnovers, three of them interceptions. Two of the picks came when Delhomme overthrew receivers.

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