Due to a groin injury Samuel has not made his debut for Washington
ASHBURN, Va. – Washington Football Team removed wide receiver Curtis Samuel from injured reserve on Friday, allowing him to play the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.
Samuel missed the first three games due to a groin injury which has been causing you trouble since late spring. This week it was the first time Samuel practiced for three consecutive days since then.
The Washington coach, Ron Rivera said that Samuel would play as long as he did not wake up on Sunday with pain in the groin after a week of work.
“We’re going to dust it off,” Rivera said. “There are some things that he did that I really liked seeing … It’s not like we expect him to come out and play 65 plays. That’s what we have to be smart about.”
Samuel’s return would provide a boost for an offense that needs big plays. Washington is ranked 26th in number of plays of 10 yards or more and 27th in plays of 20 yards or more. When Washington signed Samuel, he envisioned using him in various ways, both inside and out as a receiver, as well as lining him backfield at times. Everything he did last season in Carolina.
Washington signed him to a three-year deal worth up to $ 34.5 million, knowing he could provide big plays, but also create opportunities for others. Receiver Terry McLaurin has a total of 19 receptions for 231 yards and a touchdown. But no other outside receiver has been of much help. Rookie Dyami Brown has four catches for 32 yards, while Cam Sims has two for 32. Slot receiver Adam Humphries has caught 10 passes for 61 yards.
“People have to account for him, whether he gets the ball or not, when he goes vertically with his speed,” Rivera said of Samuel. “There are so many things that it brings to the table that can help us if we can use it.”
Samuel practiced one day in early August, but was later brushed aside by Washington, limiting him to agility drills on a lateral field. The team wanted him to improve his conditioning after losing so much time to his groin. He also missed 10 days while on the reserve / Covid-19 list early in training camp, adding to the team’s desire to increase their conditioning work.
On September 8, Samuel participated in his first full workout of the year, but a day later his groin hurt and Washington soon placed him on injured reserve.
“It feels great to be back,” Samuel said through a team spokesperson. “I’m excited to keep going and stay healthy.”
His teammates are too.
“I’m very excited to see him regain speed and help us offensively,” said McLaurin, who played with Samuel at Ohio State. “Obviously, that’s why we brought him here. He can be a big part of our offense.”
Antonio Gibson is questionable for Sunday with a shin injury. He was limited in practice on Friday, but is expected to play.