When wide receiver Curtis Samuel signed with the Washington Football Team this offseason, many expected him to have a breakout season in 2021. Those hopes were dashed, however, when he was placed on injured reserve due to a lingering preseason groin injury. Samuel was able to return to practice on Wednesday after missing the first three weeks of the season.
When asked about his receiver’s anticipated return yesterday, head coach Ron Rivera wouldn’t commit to activating him for Week 4, but he didn’t rule it out either. According to Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post , Rivera said, “We’ll see how it goes on Wednesday.” “As a group, that’s something we’re really excited about..” The offensive coaches are very interested in finding out where [Samuel] is. We’ll progress and move forward if he has a good day on Wednesday.
Rivera weighed in after yesterday’s practice, saying Samuel “looked good” and “showed his speed.” According to Washington insider John Keim, the veteran head coach said, “He’s an impact player, the kind of guy you want on the field.”
Rivera said Curtis Samuel looked good, but said they have time to decide if to activate him or not. Said Samuel “showed his speed”. Also said they’d increase his work tomorrow. Rivera: “He’s an impact player, the kind of guy you want on the field.”
— John Keim (@john_keim) September 29, 2021
While the Football Team’s performance in Thursday and Friday practices will likely determine whether or not Curtis Samuel is activated for Sunday’s Week 4 game against the Atlanta Falcons.
Now that Samuel has returned to practice, the Redskins have 21 days to activate him before he is placed on injured reserve for the rest of the season. Nokia News