Curtis Samuel has been out for a long time due to a lingering groin injury. He also spent over a week on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. The last time he participated in individual drills was August 15th, but he was shut down again after that practice. Washington kept 7 WRs on their initial 53-man roster, and Samuel’s absence has given rookies like Dyami Brown and Dax Milne time to develop and learn the offense.
Rivera’s level of optimism is very high that Samuel will be ready for Week 1 when Washington hosts the Los Angeles Chargers. He doesn’t feel that Samuel needs extra work with QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, and he already knows the offense that OC Scott Turner runs. Rivera said Samuel won’t play if he’s not 100% game-ready. Today’s practice is a good sign that Samuel has a chance to play on Sunday. Media can only show certain parts of practice, but he was participating in individual drills and getting some needed time with his QB.
Curtis Samuel and Terry McLaurin pic.twitter.com/tqSnqYiUap— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) September 6, 2021
Curtis Samuel (10) showing some quicks. Still haven’t seen him go downfield. pic.twitter.com/k9TpI7C57K— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) September 6, 2021
Fitz to Curtis. Definitely not full speed but it’s still progress pic.twitter.com/5fKPtm7z2s— Pete Hailey (@PeteHaileyNBCS) September 6, 2021
Here it is: Fitzpatrick to Samuel pic.twitter.com/B2rsEeW1M4— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) September 6, 2021
QB1 to Curtis Samuel pic.twitter.com/NdvQw9O7CU— Rhiannon Walker (@InstantRHIplay) September 6, 2021