Curtis Samuel’s debut with the Washington Football Team looks as though it will be delayed by at least another week.
On Wednesday, the former Carolina Panthers receiver left practice with what appeared to be complications from a groin injury that has hampered him throughout the offseason/preseason.
Following yesterday’s re-aggravation, he logged yet another DNP designation on Thursday.
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“What we’ll do is continue to monitor him, see how he is tomorrow,” head coach Ron Rivera said on Wednesday, per NBC Sports. “He came out, warmed up, wasn’t quite feeling as well as we hoped he would, so we’ll just continue to monitor him and see how he is [on Thursday.]”
Given today’s lack of practice participation, it’s clear Samuel’s status hasn’t improved much over night.
This concerning status comes just one week after Rivera said he was “very confident” that his new receiver would be ready to go in Week 1.
Samuel signed a three-year, $34.5 million deal with Washington back in March after a career-best year in 2020.
The idea of placing Samuel on the injured reserve has been floated, but Rivera isn’t ready to pull the trigger on that decision just yet.
“I don’t want to speculate on that,” the former Carolina coach said. “I don’t want anybody thinking that’s what we’re going to do.”
Likely without Samuel, Washington will kickoff their 2021 season with a matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.