Washington needs a lot of help, and it’s not just on a defense that has been lackluster so far this season. WR Curtis Samuel was a big signing during the offense and was supposed to help open up the offense, and pair with #1 receiver Terry McLaurin. Samuel suffered a groin injury during mini-camp, and has been dealing with that, along with a stint on the the Reserve/COVID-19, ever since. The team placed him on injured reserve to give him more time heal up.
That was 3 weeks ago, and now Samuel is eligible to return from IR. He will reportedly return to practice today, opening up a 21-day window for the team to either put him back on the roster, or shut him down for the season. He could potentially be available to play this week when Washington goes on the road to play the Falcons. Washington’s roster is still at 52, so no corresponding move would be needed when Samuel is ready to return.
Washington WR Curtis Samuel will practice today after missing the first three games on IR because of a groin injury, per source.— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) September 29, 2021
The WFT, which has an open roster spot, now has three weeks to either activate him or leave him on IR for the rest of the season.
Washington also brought in a familiar face today. WR Kelvin Harmon was released in August and has worked out for several teams over the last month and a half. He will now return to the team that drafted him in the 6th round two years ago.
This is exactly how I looked when I received that call this morning https://t.co/P6l5Lb7iTz— Kelvin Harmon (@_HarmonK) September 29, 2021
Washington hosted some more players for workouts earlier this week.
Here’s the full tryout list from yesterday. pic.twitter.com/otsnv8uyIm— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) September 29, 2021
They made some roster moves following the tryouts.
In: G Nolan Laufenberg and DT T.Y. McGill.
Out: WR Dalton Schoen and DT Gabe Wright
We have made multiple roster moves:— Washington Football Team (@WashingtonNFL) September 28, 2021
-Signed G Nolan Laufenberg and DT T.Y. McGill to the practice squad
-Released WR Dalton Schoen and DT Gabe Wright from the practice squad
Wes Martin was a 4th round pick by Washington in 2019. He’s started 10 games over the last two seasons, but was released and signed to the practice squad this year. The team had been protecting him every week from being poached, but that protection only starts on Tuesdays during the week. The New York Giants have some serious injury issues on their offensive line, and took that window of availability to sign Martin to their 53-man roster. Martin now gets a chance to start, and New York takes a player Washington still had some interest in developing.
The New York Giants signed G Wes Martin off Washington’s practice squad, the Giants announced. He was a 4th-round pick out of Indiana in 2019 and most recently OL Saahdiq Charles’ pregame workout buddy.— Sam Fortier (@Sam4TR) September 28, 2021