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Curtis Samuel

Washington Redskins
Wide Receiver #10
Washington Redskins
Wide Receiver #10
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Curtis Samuel News

Spotted runing on side field

Samuel (groin) was running along the sideline during Wednesday's practice, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: It seems to be the first time reports have seen Samuel on a practice field since he was placed on injured reserve Sept. 10. He's ineligible through Week 3 and may miss additional time beyond that, but there's at least now a sign of progress, even if it's a far cry from actually participating in practice. Meanwhile, rookie third-round pick Dyami Brown has been quiet in the No. 2 receiver role, catching four of 10 targets for 32 yards on 90 percent snap share through two weeks.

Sep 22, 2021 1:43 PM EST

Placed on IR

Samuel (groin) was placed on injured reserve Friday.

Analysis: The team hopes to have Samuel back when first eligible Week 4, but skepticism is a reasonable response after his delayed return from what was initially said to be a minor groin injury in early June. In any case, Washington will now look to Adam Humphries, Dyami Brown and Cam Sims behind No. 1 receiver Terry McLaurin.

Sep 10, 2021 12:54 PM EST

Headed for IR

Coach Ron Rivera relayed Friday that the team plans to place Samuel (groin) on IR, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: Jhabvala adds that Samuel's looming stint on IR is not expected to be lengthy, with the wideout potentially returning to the mix after missing just three games to start the coming season. In Samuel's absence, added snaps will be available for Adam Humphries, Dyami Brown and Cam Sims behind No. 1 receiver Terry McLaurin.

Sep 10, 2021 9:17 AM EST

Takes no reps Thursday

Samuel (groin) went down as a non-participant in Thursday's practice, Sam Fortier of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: According to JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington, Samuel was present for the practice session, but he only took part in stretching with the team and had no involvement in individual drills or walk-throughs with the rest of the Washington wideouts. After he was seen limping off the field at Wednesday's practice, Samuel appears to have suffered another setback with his nagging groin injury, and his lack of activity Thursday suggests he's trending toward an inactive status for the Football Team's season opener Sunday versus the Chargers.

Sep 9, 2021 9:49 AM EST

Potential setback with groin injury

Samuel (groin) acknowledged after Wednesday's practice that he still doesn't feel right, Rhiannon Walker of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Scott Abraham of 7News DC reports that Samuel limped off the field and visited with trainers after pulling up short on a route at Wednesday's practice. Regardless of whether the team views this as a setback or just more of the same, Samuel is now a long shot for Sunday's opener against the Chargers. He had just returned to practice at the beginning of the week, stepping in for team reps for the first time since early June. Samuel's likely absence Week 1 leaves extra snaps for Adam Humphries, Dyami Brown and Cam Sims behind No. 1 receiver Terry McLaurin.

Sep 8, 2021 11:03 AM EST

Practices Monday

Coach Ron Rivera noted that Samuel (groin) "looked good" and "moved around well" during Monday's practice, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: That said, Rivera adds that the team "had a limited amount of plays" for Samuel lined up Monday in order not to overwork the wideout during the session. What Samuel does in Wednesday's practice, and how Washington subsequently lists his participation level, will provide added context with regard to his chances of suiting up Sunday against the Chargers. At this point, Rivera suggests that Samuel's path to the team's lineup hinges largely on his level of conditioning.

Sep 6, 2021 10:50 AM EST

Scheduled for Monday return

Samuel (groin) is scheduled for a return to full-team work at Monday's practice, Peter Hailey of NBC4 Washington reports.

Analysis: Samuel has been limited to individual drills since his removal from the PUP list Aug. 15, but coach Ron Rivera said Thursday that he's highly confident the wideout will play Week 1 against the Chargers. A return to practice Monday would be a big step forward, with Samuel's absence now stretching to three months. Rivera said Samuel will either be cleared for his full workload or held out entirely, rather than being eased into action the first few weeks. Granted, Rivera's statements aren't necessarily reliable, so practice reports next week will still be a handy tool.

Sep 2, 2021 1:07 PM EST

Expected to play Week 1

Coach Ron Rivera said Thursday that he's "very confident" Samuel (groin) will play in Washington's Sept. 12 season opener against the Chargers, Sam Fortier of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: Samuel was removed from the PUP list Aug. 15 but still hasn't participated in team drills since his groin injury was first reported in early June. Rivera cautions not to mistake the length of Samuel's absence for the severity of the injury, suggesting that faster players take longer to recover from groin issues, per Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post. Rivera also mentioned that he's noticed Samuel's speed and quickness coming back the past few days, with the wideout apparently making good progress in his individual/side work. It's still best to consider him questionable for Week 1, as Samuel will be limited to individual work again Thursday just 10 days before the season opener Sept. 12 against the Chargers. Rivera says Samuel will either be cleared for his full role or not at all, rather than being eased in with a limited workload, per Fortier.

Sep 2, 2021 9:37 AM EST

Limited to side work

Samuel (groin) is working off to the side during Thursday's practice, John Keim of reports.

Analysis: Samuel still hasn't practiced with the team since his groin injury was first reported in early June. He's now been off the PUP list for two and a half weeks, but progress has been slow/intermittent, even after coach Ron Rivera said he was "pretty optimistic" about Samuel returning to practice this week. The wideout appears no better than 50/50 to suit up for Week 1 against the Chargers.

Sep 2, 2021 8:29 AM EST

Could practice next week

Coach Ron Rivera noted Wednesday that he's "pretty optimistic" Samuel (groin) will practice "sometime next week," Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: That comment effectively rules Samuel out of Saturday's preseason finale against the Ravens, but assuming the wideout is in fact able to practice next week and avoid any setbacks in the process, he'd be trending in the right direction in advance of Washington's Sept. 12 season opener against the Chargers.

Aug 25, 2021 10:41 AM EST

Return timetable unclear

Coach Ron Rivera did not give a firm timetable when asked if Samuel (groin) would return to practice suggesting the wide receiver has "a little over 21 days" before the start of Week 1, Ben Standig of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Samuel not surprisingly did not suit up for Friday's preseason win over the Bengals and could be in danger of missing the team's final exhibition contest given the lack of a concrete return timeline. The free-agent acquisition has missed most of training camp with a groin injury.

Aug 21, 2021 3:12 PM EST

Unsurprisingly out Saturday

Samuel (groin) did not play in Saturday's preseason win over the Bengals, Ben Standig of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Perhaps more alarming, Standig suggested Samuel may be in danger of missing the preseason finale if he's unable to practice at any point this week. The big-ticket offseason signing has yet to participate in training camp thanks to a lingering groin injury, but coach Ron Rivera has continually downplayed the absence suggesting Samuel already has an intimate knowledge of the Scott Turner offense thanks to his days with the Panthers.

Aug 21, 2021 8:17 AM EST

Held back by poor weather

Samuel (groin) went through individual drills Sunday, but he worked on a side field at Monday's rainy practice, Sam Fortier of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: Coach Ron Rivera was clear about bad weather being the reason for Samuel's reduced involvement. Washington activated the 25-year-old from the PUP list Sunday, potentially allowing for an appearance in the preseason finale Aug. 28 against Baltimore. With Samuel out for the exhibition opener last week, Cam Sims reprised his role from the second half of last season as the No. 2 receiver. It figures to be a much-higher-volume role now that Samuel and his three-year, $34.5 million contract are filling it.

Aug 16, 2021 8:26 AM EST

Reinstated from PUP list

Washington activated Samuel (groin) from the PUP list Sunday.

Analysis: Samuel is now cleared to join Washington for practice after stints on the reserve/COVID-19 list and PUP list delayed his ability to get on the field and build chemistry with the team's quarterback. Even though he's officially been reinstated to the roster, Samuel will likely be brought along slowly this week while he works his way back from the groin issue that also kept him sidelined for Washington's minicamp. At this stage, Samuel may have a tough time gaining clearance for Friday's preseason game versus the Bengals, though he should be ready to play in the team's exhibition finale Aug. 28 versus the Ravens.

Aug 15, 2021 6:03 AM EST

Shifts to PUP list

Washington activated Samuel (groin) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, causing him to revert to the PUP list.

Analysis: Samuel has fully cleared the league's protocols related to COVID-19, but he hasn't yet recovered from his lingering groin injury. Coach Ron Rivera said Sunday that Samuel still remains without an exact timetable for his return, per Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post. However, Rivera also downplayed the importance of Samuel missing practice reps, noting the wide receiver is already familiar with offensive coordinator Scott Turner's scheme due to their time together in Carolina from 2018-19.

Aug 9, 2021 1:23 PM EST

Return timetable TBD

Coach Ron Rivera noted Sunday that it's unclear when Samuel (reserve/COVID-19) will return to action, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports. "There's no timetable for Curtis," Rivera said of the wideout. "He's been in the system, he knows it. Yeah, you'd love for him to catch a few reps maybe in the last preseason game, but we're not going to rush him out there."

Analysis: Samuel, who was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list July 29, is also bouncing back from a groin injury. With both issues in mind, the team plans to proceed deliberately with the the wideout, who was signed by Washington this offseason to a three-year, $34.5 million contract, with the intention of pairing him with rising star Terry McLaurin. Based on Rivera's comments, it can be assumed for now that Samuel won't see action in either of the team's first two preseason contests.

Aug 8, 2021 11:45 AM EST

Rejoins team

Samuel (groin) will rejoin Washington for practice Sunday, but he's expected to remain on the reserve/COVID-19 list for at least a couple more days while he works his way back into playing shape, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: Before he was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list July 29, Samuel hadn't practiced since June on account of the groin injury. Once he's activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list, Samuel could revert to the PUP list, where he had resided prior to being ruled out through the NFL's health and safety protocols for the coronavirus. The time Samuel has already missed in camp makes him unlikely to gain clearance for Washington's upcoming preseason game Thursday at New England, but he should have enough time to get back up to full speed ahead of the Sept. 12 regular-season opener versus the Chargers.

Aug 8, 2021 5:42 AM EST

Keeping pace despite missed time

Coach Ron Rivera isn't worried about Samuel (groin) missing practice, noting that the wide receiver previously worked with Washington offensive coordinator Scott Turner in 2018-19 for the Panthers, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports.

Analysis: Samuel may be comfortable with the concepts and playbook, but he could still probably benefit from the reps as he adjusts to a new team and new group of quarterbacks. He started training camp on the PUP list due to a groin injury from the offseason program, before being moved to the reserve/COVID-19 list July 29. Still, Rivera has said multiple times that he isn't worried, though he hasn't gone so far as to provide a return timeline or estimate. Samuel signed a three-year, $34.5 million contract in March, receiving $23 million guaranteed to work as the No. 2 receiver alongside up-and-coming star Terry McLaurin.

Aug 3, 2021 8:32 AM EST

Placed on COVID list

Samuel has been placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list.

Analysis: Samuel, who had been dealing with a minor groin injury and was on the preseason PUP list, will thus miss some time, though for now there's not a clear timetable for when he'll gain clearance to return to the field.

Jul 29, 2021 2:02 PM EST

Held out from first practice

Coach Ron Rivera said his concern is "very low" with Samuel, who was held out of practice Wednesday with a groin injury, John Keim of reports.

Analysis: Samuel suffered the injury eight weeks ago and still hasn't returned to practice, but Rivera suggested the wide receiver will be eased into action at training camp soon enough. Samuel is locked in as Washington's No. 2 wide receiver, signed to a three-year, $34.5 million contract with $23 million guaranteed.

Jul 28, 2021 10:02 AM EST

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