Another Curtis Samuel article? Unfortunately, yup. At this point in time, the speedy receiver is the most intriguing player on the Washington Football Team’s roster leading up to Sunday’s season opener against the Chargers.
The last update regarding Samuel’s status was actually encouraging. He had just wrapped up his first full practice since he “felt a twinge” in his groin way back on June 2. The big takeaway from that update? How Samuel’s groin reacted to his increased workload would likely determine his status for Week 1 vs Los Angeles.
Well, the verdict has been reached, and…it doesn’t bode well for Samuel.
Per multiple reports, Samuel left Wednesday’s practice early with a trainer after tweaking his groin running a route.
The vibe from Ron Rivera during his press conference seemed to indicate that Samuel is a longshot to suit up for Sunday’s game.
The Football Team must treat Curtis Samuel with caution.
This update proves that Washington can’t afford to take any risks with Samuel. Assuming he doesn’t play vs the Chargers, we would consider resting him for Week 2 given there’s a quick turnaround for the Thursday night game.
Maybe close to two weeks of rest will make the difference? Who knows, but the fact he’s still bothered by the injury makes you question why surgery wasn’t considered early on. In any event, Samuel’s likely absence means guys like Dyami Brown and Cam Sims to make an impact behind Terry McLaurin.
Trying to keep the team morale high leading up to the opener, McLaurin expressed the utmost confidence in Brown and Sims, telling reporters, “I have nothing but trust in those two guys that if they’re ready to play and they have the opportunity to play. We’re fortunate to have them.”
If you’re wondering why we’re so adamant about Samuel being ruled out for Week 1, you have to see the video of him limping off the practice field. The 25-year-old speedster was visibly frustrated trying to stretch out his groin.
We’re no doctors, but that doesn’t look like someone who can play regular season football three days from now.
This is admittedly a rough stretch for Samuel. Fans want to see him out there, and the prized free agent signing just can’t seem to shake this groin injury. Let’s hope the training staff figures out a solution in due time, because this is a storyline going into its fourth (!) month now…and there doesn’t appear to be an end in sight.