Washington’s biggest free-agent grab this offseason will finally make his long-awaited debut on Sunday.
Curtis Samuel is set to play in Washington’s road tilt versus the Atlanta Falcons, coach Ron Rivera announced Friday.
“He’ll be active,” Rivera told reporters. “He’ll be ready to roll.”
Samuel was placed on injured reserve ahead of Week 1 with a groin injury which kept him on the sidelines for most of training camp and held out of any preseason action. WFT signed the dynamic wideout to a three-year, $34.5 million contract in March.
Washington will finally get to see a return on their investment come Sunday, and Samuel’s presence is welcomed for an offense that sits in the bottom half of per game averages in passing (318.7), rushing (97.0) and points (22.3). Samuel has the ability to contribute through the air and on the ground coming off a career-high 1,051 scrimmage yards last season in Carolina. His threat alone should boost an offense that is hoping to do favors for a high-powered defense that has struggled out of the gate.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski (ribs) and defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder) will be game-time decisions versus New England while cornerback Jamel Dean (knee) and running back Giovani Bernard (MCL) have been ruled out, coach Bruce Arians announced Friday. Arians also said Richard Sherman, who signed a one-year deal on Wednesday, will be active.
- Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (ankle) and linebacker Anthony Barr (knee), who both missed last week’s game, were seen on the field for the start of practice, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reports. Defensive tackle Michael Pierce was not on the practice field, Pelissero added.
- Miami Dolphins center Michael Deiter was injured at Wednesday’s practice and will not only miss Sunday’s game versus the Colts, but could land on injured reserve, coach Brian Flores said Friday. Backup C Greg Mancz will get the start.
- Arizona Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury says three starting offensive lineman — Kelvin Beachum, Justin Pugh and Justin Murray — will be game-time decisions for Sunday’s showdown with the Rams. Meanwhile, wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (ribs) was a full participant in Friday’s practice. Hopkins missed all of last week’s practice despite suiting up against the Jaguars in Week 3.
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