Big decision made on Washington Football Team WR Curtis Samuel after starting season on IR
After a notable wait, Washington Football Team wide receiver Curtis Samuel is now set to make his season debut.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport noted on Friday that Washington has elected to activate Samuel off the injured reserve list in time for the team’s upcoming road matchup against the Atlanta Falcons. The versatile wideout had been dealing with a nagging groin injury.
The Washington Football Team has officially activated WR Curtis Samuel off IR and he’s set to play on Sunday.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 1, 2021
Washington has not seen much of Samuel in scheduled practices over the past months. From being placed on the COVID-19 list to the stints on the PUP list due to a groin injury, he has not been able to receive many reps with the first-team offense as a result.
Most notably, he was placed on the injured reserve list before the season after being sidelined with another groin injury. He suffered this injury early in September during an individual drill in practice.
Samuel did make a long-awaited return to practice earlier this week and after featuring in three straight scheduled sessions, the team has opted to activate him off the injured reserve list.
Washington head coach Ron Rivera provided a key update on Samuel and what may be seen out of him for the team’s Week 4 clash against the Falcons.
“I just think he’s gotten healthier, more so than anything else,” Rivera said.
“People have to account for him, whether he gets the ball or he doesn’t get the ball. There’s so many things that he brings to the table that’ll help us.”
There is much expectation on Samuel to help bolster Washington’s offense, especially after the wideout signed with the team on a three-year deal worth up to $34.5 million in the offseason.
It will be noteworthy to see the impact that Samuel will have right out of the gate with quarterback Taylor Heinicke under center.