October 1 (WNN) — Washington football team wide receiver Curtis Samuels was activated from injured reserve on Friday, allowing him to play against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.
Samuel was forced to miss the first three games of the season due to a groin injury, which had been causing him problems since late spring. For the first time this week, the fast wideout has since practiced for three days in a row.
WFT head coach Ron Rivera told reporters that Samuel would play on Sunday unless he suffered a setback.
“We’ll sprinkle him in,” Rivera said. “There are some things he’s done that I love watching today. … It’s not like we expect him to come out and play 65 plays. That’s something we need to be smart about.”
Samuel signed a three-year contract with Washington worth $34.5 million earlier this year. The 2017 second-round draft pick from Ohio State spent his first four NFL seasons with the Carolina Panthers before entering free agency in 2021.
Washington is hoping Samuel can provide big plays with fellow wideout Terry McLaurin, who has the team’s best 19 catches for 231 yards this season and one touchdown.
“People have to account for whether or not he gets the ball when he’s going vertically at his own pace,” Rivera said of Samuel. “There are a lot of things he brings to the table that will help us and can help us if we’re able to use them.”
Also on Friday, Washington listed Antonio Gibson (Shin) as a suspect to run back for Sunday’s fling against Atlanta. He was limited in practice on Friday, but is expected to play Vs Falcons.