Samuel has come on and off the field during mandatory minicamp practices, but he isn't dealing with any injuries, Pete Hailey of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Analysis: Coach Ron Rivera said the training staff feels Samuel is in a "good spot" after his participation in OTAs and Tuesday's minicamp session, but that the team is exercising caution about how many reps the wideout handles. The 25-year-old appears back to full health after missing all but five games of the 2021 campaign, but the Commanders are nonetheless being precautionary for now. With top wideout Terry McLaurin skipping minicamp due to contract negotiations and Samuel sometimes off the field, rookie first-round pick Jahan Dotson is receiving plenty of opportunities to handle first-team reps with quarterback Carson Wentz.
Jun 16, 2022 8:08 AM EST
Commanders head coach Ron Rivera said Monday that Samuel (hamstring) looks "really good" during workouts so far, Pete Hailey of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Analysis: Samuel signed a three-year, $34.5 million contract ahead of the 2021 campaign, but he battled a lingering groin injury from the summer through the fall and later added a hamstring issue after a brief return to action Weeks 12-14. In total, he played 84 offensive snaps across five games, catching six of nine targets for 27 yards while rushing four times for 11 yards during his first campaign with Washington. After an injury plagued start to his Commanders career, it appears the 25-year-old wideout could be healthy to start the 2022 campaign. It's important to note that Washington hasn't done any football activities yet during its voluntary offseason workouts, but Rivera said he's received positive news from trainers and added, "when you see him moving around, you feel pretty confident about him."
Apr 25, 2022 11:44 AM EST
Samuel (hamstring) is ruled out for Sunday's game against the Giants, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Signed to a three-year, $34.5 million contract in the offseason, Samuel battled a groin injury from summer through fall, later adding the hamstring issue after a brief return to action Weeks 12-14. All in all, he played 84 snaps on offense across five games, catching six of nine targets for 27 yards and taking four carries for 11 yards. It's miles from what was expected, but given the injuries, the contract and his age (25), Samuel should get another shot next year to be the No. 2 receiver Washington has lacked across from Terry McLaurin. It's anyone's guess who he'll catch passes from, and there's a reasonable chance Samuel needs surgery this offseason.
Jan 7, 2022 9:29 AM EST
Samuel (hamstring) was held out of practice Thursday, Ben Standig of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: With back-to-back absences to begin Week 18 prep, Samuel is setting himself up for a fourth straight absence and 12th overall this season on Sunday at the Giants. Friday's injury report may reveal as much, and if so he'll end his first campaign in Washington with 10 touches for 38 yards from scrimmage in five brief appearances.
Jan 6, 2022 11:02 AM EST
Samuel (hamstring) didn't practice Wednesday, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.
Analysis: It suggests he'll miss another game Week 18 against the Giants, though Samuel does have two more chances to practice before Sunday. He last played Week 14, and has made only five appearances this season, logging 25 or fewer snaps each time.
Jan 5, 2022 10:33 AM EST
Samuel (hamstring) is listed as inactive Sunday against the Eagles.
Analysis: For a second week in a row, Samuel was listed as questionable after logging limited practices Wednesday through Friday. And for a second straight contest, he's unavailable to Washington's offense. Samuel thus will focus on getting healthy enough for a Week 18 road matchup with the Giants. In the meantime, Terry McLaurin, Cam Sims and Adam Humphries will continue to serve as the Football Team's top options at wide receiver.
Jan 2, 2022 8:39 AM EST
Samuel (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Eagles, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Samuel seemingly has a real shot to return after missing the past two games, but he's yet to see more than 25 snaps or four targets in a game this season, clearly far removed from the form he showed last year in Carolina when he was healthy. He's unlikely to get more of a handful of touches if he plays Sunday.
Dec 31, 2021 9:30 AM EST
Samuel (hamstring) practiced in a limited capacity Thursday, Sam Fortier of The Washington Post reports.
Analysis: Such is the status quo for Samuel, who was listed as limited on all three Week 16 practice reports before being tabbed as inactive this past Sunday at Dallas. There's no telling if he'll do enough this week to be able to play Sunday against the Eagles, or alternatively log his 11th absence of the season.
Dec 30, 2021 10:30 AM EST
Samuel (hamstring) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Samuel has been in and out of the lineup throughout the year, with a minimal role even when active. He missed the past two games and isn't likely to do much against the Eagles even if he plays this Sunday.
Dec 29, 2021 10:25 AM EST
Samuel (hamstring) is listed as inactive Sunday at Dallas.
Analysis: Despite being listed as limited on Washington practice reports during Week 16 prep, Samuel won't be available to the offense for the 10th time this season. Instead, the team will turn to Terry McLaurin, Adam Humphries, DeAndre Carter, Cam Sims, Dyami Brown and Dax Milne at wide receiver Sunday.
Dec 26, 2021 4:28 PM EST
Samuel﻿ (hamstring) is a game-time decision for Sunday night's game against the Cowboys,Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Samuel is listed as questionable after logging limited practices this past week, with Rapoport suggesting that there's not a high level of optimism the wideout will be able to go. Considering Washington's 8:20 ET kickoff and Samuel's limited role of late, he's a risky Week 16 lineup option.
Dec 26, 2021 5:00 AM EST
Samuel (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Cowboys.
Analysis: Samuel missed his ninth game of the season Tuesday against the Eagles after failing to practice in any capacity leading up to the contest, but he should have a better chance of making it back in action Week 16. He managed limited activity in all three of Washington's practices this week, potentially making him a game-day decision leading up to Sunday's 8:20 p.m. ET. If Samuel is cleared to play, Washington likely wouldn't trust him with anything more than a part-time role, given that he's been struggling with lower-body soft-tissue injuries dating back to the summer. He hasn't played more than 35 percent of Washington's offensive snaps in any of his five appearances to date.
Dec 24, 2021 12:49 PM EST
Samuel (hamstring) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: The wideout has taken the first tangible step forward in his recovery from the hamstring injury, which he likely suffered in Washington's Week 14 loss to Dallas. The injury prevented him from practicing in any fashion last week before he was ruled out in advance of Washington's 27-17 loss to Philadelphia on Tuesday. He remained listed as a non-participant on the Football Team's initial Week 16 injury report released Wednesday, but his upgrade to limited participation a day later seemingly gives him a chance to suit up in Sunday's rematch with Dallas. Washington will wait and see what Samuel is able to do at Friday's practice before potentially giving him an injury designation heading into the weekend.
Dec 23, 2021 11:25 AM EST
Samuel (hamstring) was a limited practice participant Wednesday.
Analysis: Samuel didn't practice at all last week and was inactive for Tuesday's loss to the Eagles. He'll likely have a limited role even if he does make it back this Sunday in Dallas, having struggled with a groin injury for most of the year and now bothered by his hamstring.
Dec 22, 2021 1:40 PM EST
Samuel (hamstring) is listed as out for Tuesday's game against the Eagles.
Analysis: Even with the NFL pushing back the Football Team's Week 15 game two days due to COVID-19-related concerns within the Washington organization, Samuel wasn't able to demonstrate enough progress in his recovery from the hamstring injury to get the green light to play. He'll end up sitting out his ninth game of the season Tuesday, with his previous eight absences stemming from a groin injury.
Dec 20, 2021 12:10 PM EST
Samuel (hamstring) didn't practice Saturday, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.
Analysis: After stringing together three appearances in a row, Samuel again showed up on Washington injury reports this week, only this time sitting out with a hamstring issue as opposed to the groin concern he's dealt with since the offseason program. He'll have a bit more time than normal to get himself right with with the team's Week 15 game in Philadelphia getting pushed back to Tuesday. That said, if Samuel misses his ninth contest of the campaign, Terry McLaurin (concussion), DeAndre Carter, Adam Humphries, Dyami Brown, Dax Milne and Antonio Gandy-Golden could be the Football Team's options at wide receiver with Cam Sims (illness) on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
Dec 18, 2021 2:42 PM EST
Samuel (hamstring) and Washington will no longer play the Eagles on Sunday, after the NFL officially rescheduled the matchup between the two teams for Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET.
Analysis: Due to ongoing COVID-19-related issues within Washington's organization, the NFL is hopeful that by delaying the game two days, the Football Team will restore enough players from the reserve/COVID-19 list to alleviate depth concerns on the roster. Though Samuel isn't one of the several Washington players who has tested positive for the virus, he could benefit from the two-day delay, given that he was held out of practice Wednesday through Friday with a sore hamstring. Washington will decide by Sunday whether Samuel carries a designation into Tuesday's game, but even if cleared to play, he likely won't be entrusted with a major role. Samuel hasn't played more than 35 percent of the offensive snaps in any of his five appearances this season.
Dec 17, 2021 2:00 PM EST
Samuel was sidelined for Thursday's practice due to a hamstring injury, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Samuel has been a fixture on injury reports throughout the season due to a groin issue that dates back to training camp, but it's another lower-body concern that has been attributed to his absences from practices Wednesday and Thursday. Washington hasn't yet commented on Samuel's potential availability for Sunday's game in Philadelphia, but the injury prone wideout will likely have to get back on the field in some capacity Friday to have a shot at playing. Even if he's active this weekend, Samuel likely won't be entrusted with a major role on offense. He's played fewer than 40 percent of Washington's offensive snaps in each of his five appearances in 2021.
Dec 16, 2021 11:50 AM EST
Samuel (groin) didn't practice Wednesday, with coach Ron Rivera saying the wideout felt sore after Sunday's 27-20 loss to Dallas, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.
Analysis: There was talk of Samuel's role expanding before the game, but he ultimately saw just two targets (no catches) and 14 snaps (21 percent), finishing with less than 20 yards for a fifth time in five appearances this year. Even if he does keep fighting through the groin injury, Samuel clearly isn't the best version of himself this year and doesn't seem likely to move into a full-time role anytime soon.
Dec 15, 2021 11:52 AM EST
Samuel (groin) caught neither of his two targets against Dallas on Sunday.
Analysis: Samuel was a good player in Carolina before the 2021 season, so his struggles with Washington are likely attributable to the groin injury he's been playing through. That might excuse Samuel as a player, but it's no solace for fantasy investors as the talented wideout's season goes to waste. If Samuel's health improves he might have the opportunity for more work in Week 15 depending on whether Terry McLaurin (concussion) can play against the Eagles, but in the meantime all of Samuel's upside remains theoretical.
Dec 12, 2021 2:55 PM EST
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