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Finally, Moss Feels He's Back In a Groove


It was just like old times for Santana Moss.

Last week in Dallas, Moss led the Redskins' offense with a season-high nine catches for 121 yards and a touchdown.

It was the most catches by Moss in a game since Oct. 16, 2005 when he had 10 catches for 173 yards against Kansas City. It was his first 100-yard game of the season.

Moss has struggled through groin and heel injuries this season, and has 33 catches for 418 yards and the one touchdown. He missed two games earlier this season.

After missing Wednesday's practice this week, Moss returned to practice on Thursday and Friday. He is listed as probable for Sunday's game against Tampa Bay.

The Dallas game was the most productive Moss has been this season.

"I felt that the more opportunities I got, the better chance I have to be myself a little bit," Moss said. "I knew I wasn't going to be quite myself. But 80 percent is still good. It makes the guys out there with me better, too."

Perhaps most encouraging is that Moss was in a steady rhythm with Jason Campbell for the first time this season. All nine of Moss's receptions in the Dallas game came in the second half.

"It was very important to get [Moss] back in his groove," said Campbell, who completed 33-of-54 passes for 348 yards and two touchdowns against Dallas. "Santana is an exciting player. He has had to overcome some injuries this season but the one thing about it is when he steps on the field on Sunday he is ready to go.

"He made some outstanding plays and catches for us. He is a guy that we definitely need to keep involved in our offense because at any given time he can break a play and give us the boost that we need."

Added Moss: "I'm happy to see Jason get in that groove as a quarterback. For us to be as good as we can be, he has to be in that zone that he was in Dallas."

Even though the Redskins are 5-5 and have lost two straight games, Moss is confident that the team is "moving in the right direction" in terms of earning a playoff berth.

"We're still in [the playoff hunt]," he said. "It doesn't matter what the outside world thinks. That's how we feel. We know it. As long as we keep fighting for it, we're still in it."

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