ASHBURN — Curtis Samuel is one stepping closer to returning from his groin injury.
Washington activated the wide receiver off the Physically Unable to Perform list Sunday, easing Samuel back into practice. Samuel, the team’s prized free-agent signing in the offseason, had yet to practice in training camp and had been sidelined since June. He also missed a stretch in camp when on the COVID-19 reserve list.
In addition to activating Samuel, Washington made three other roster moves — releasing wide receiver Kelvin Harmon, running back Lamar Miller and cornerback Chris Miller. Of those, Harmon’s release is the most notable as Washington parts ways with its 2019 sixth-rounder. Harmon missed last season with a torn ACL and played 13 snaps in Thursday’s preseason loss to the New England Patriots.
Samuel‘s progression from his injury is encouraging news for Washington, given the team gave him a three-year, $34.5 million deal in March to boost the team’s wide receiving corps. Samuel provides a burner element and can also thrive in the slot. He spent the first four years of his career with the Carolina Panthers, three of which were coached by Washington coach Ron Rivera.
Rivera suggested last week that Samuel could still be a few weeks away from making his preseason debut, telling reporters he hoped the 25-year-old could possibly make an appearance in the team’s third (and final) preseason game.
Samuel caught a career-high 77 passes for 851 yards in 2020.
Washington tackle David Sharpe, who is still on the COVID-19 reserve list, also returned to practice Sunday.