WFT places Samuel on PUP list with no timetable for return

Curtis Samuel

The Washington Football Team announced Monday that wide receiver Curtis Samuel has been transferred from the Reserve/COVID list to the Active/PUP list while he nurses a groin injury that’s bothered him since OTAs in May.

Head coach Ron Rivera told reporters Sunday there’s “no timetable” for Samuel’s return but he hopes the former Panther will see some game action in Washington’s final preseason contest against the Ravens on Aug. 28. Samuel already knows the offense after playing under Rivera and offensive coordinator Scott Turner in Carolina, which Rivera said allows the team to be patient with his rehab.

Samuel was originally placed on the Reserve/COVID list July 29; he was one of six Washington players to enter the NFL’s health and safety protocols. He had already been on the PUP since the beginning of training camp.

Washington signed Samuel to a three-year, $34.5 million free-agent deal in March, adding speed and versatility to their offense after the team ranked 25th among NFL teams in points scored and 30th in total yards last season. Samuel, who turns 25 on Wednesday, accrued 1,051 yards from scrimmage in 2020 as a receiver and occasional running back for the Panthers.

The team opens the 2021 season at home against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sept. 12.