Curtis Samuel Injury Update Is Bad Sign for Washington vs. Chargers in Week 1

Curtis Samuel could miss Week 1.
Curtis Samuel could miss Week 1. / Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Football Team’s revamped offense may have to wait. 

After adding Ryan Fitzpatrick and Curtis Samuel this offseason, Washington looked poised to improve on last year’s dismal offensive showing where it scored the third-fewest points in the NFL. 

However, Samuel, who is reunited with Ron Rivera in Washington, has been dealing with a groin issue that he apparently tweaked in practice on Wednesday. The Football Team listed Samuel as a non-participant, putting his Week 1 status in serious doubt. 

Samuel told the coaching staff that something “wasn’t right” with his groin, and it’s hard to see him recovering quickly enough to face the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 1. 

Washington and Los Angeles are set at a -110 pick’em at WynnBET in Week 1, as both teams are very evenly matched in the eyes of oddsmakers. 

However, if Samuel can’t go, and it seems like he won’t, the Football Team will rely heavily on Terry McLaurin, Logan Thomas and Antonio Gibson in Week 1. Fitzpatrick is still an upgrade for Washington at quarterbackm, but losing a dynamic weapon like Samuel certainly puts a damper on the Football Team’s outlook against Justin Herbert and company. 

Last season, Samuel made 77 catches for 851 yards and three scores in 15 games for the Carolina Panthers. He also added 200 rushing yards on 41 carries. 

Washington signed Samuel to a three-year, $34.5 million deal this offseason. 

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