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Washington Football Team places Curtis Samuel on IR with groin injury

Curtis Samuel, Washington Football Team

The Washington Football Team begin their season on Sunday at home against Justin Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers. However, they will be down one player and new addition Curtis Samuel, who is being placed on IR with a groin injury.

This could be a big loss for Washington. They signed Samuel to a three-year deal worth $34.5 million after he began his career with the Carolina Panthers. But, Samuel heads to the IR and is out for a minimum of three weeks and Washington will have to lean in rookie Dyami Brown, who figures to get more action in Samuel’s absence.

Samuel is coming off of a career year with the Panthers, posting career-highs in catches (77), yards (851), and rushing yards as well (200). Washington head coach Ron Rivera was planning on using Samuel as a gadget type, both in the passing game and in the running game, but they will have to deal with his absence for at least three weeks.

The hope is Samuel is out only three weeks and the chemistry between new quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, as well as both players learning a new system, could be tough to deal with in his absence. The regular season begins for the Washington Football Team on Sunday, and this loss also means much more usage for both Antonio Gibson and Terry McLaurin.