Commanders head coach Ron Rivera said Monday that Samuel (hamstring) looks "really good" during workouts so far, Pete Hailey of NBC Sports Washington reports. Samuel signed a three-year, $34.5 million contract ahead of the 2021 campaign, but he battled a lingering groin injury from the summer through the fall and later added a hamstring issue after a brief return to action Weeks 12-14. In total, he played 84 offensive snaps across five games, catching six of nine targets for 27 yards while rushing four times for 11 yards during his first campaign with Washington. After an injury-plagued start to his Commanders career, it appears the 25-year-old wideout could be healthy to start the 2022 campaign. It's important to note that Washington hasn't done any football activities yet during its voluntary offseason workouts, but Rivera said he's received positive news from trainers and added, "When you see him moving around, you feel pretty confident about him."
Samuel (hamstring) is ruled out for Sunday's game against the Giants, John Keim of ESPN.com reports. Signed to a three-year, $34.5 million contract in the offseason, Samuel battled a groin injury from summer through fall, later adding the hamstring issue after a brief return to action Weeks 12-14. All in all, he played 84 snaps on offense across five games, catching six of nine targets for 27 yards and taking four carries for 11 yards. It's miles from what was expected, but given the injuries, the contract and his age (25), Samuel should get another shot next year to be the No. 2 receiver Washington has lacked across from Terry McLaurin. It's anyone's guess who he'll catch passes from, and there's a reasonable chance Samuel needs surgery this offseason.
Samuel (hamstring) was held out of practice Thursday, Ben Standig of The Athletic reports. With back-to-back absences to begin Week 18 prep, Samuel is setting himself up for a fourth straight absence and 12th overall this season on Sunday at the Giants. Friday's injury report may reveal as much, and if so he'll end his first campaign in Washington with 10 touches for 38 yards from scrimmage in five brief appearances.
Samuel (hamstring) didn't practice Wednesday, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports. Samuel's absence from the Football Team's first practice of the week isn't a promising early sign he'll be able to play in the season finale against the Giants, though he at least has two more chances to practice before Sunday. He last played Week 14 and has made only five appearances this season, logging 25 or fewer snaps each time.
Samuel (hamstring) is listed as inactive Sunday against the Eagles. For a second week in a row, Samuel was listed as questionable after logging limited practices Wednesday through Friday. And for a second straight contest, he's unavailable to Washington's offense. Samuel thus will focus on getting healthy enough for a Week 18 road matchup with the Giants. In the meantime, Terry McLaurin, Cam Sims and Adam Humphries will continue to serve as the Football Team's top options at wide receiver.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|7||10/23||Green Bay Packers||14||20.67|
|13||12/04||@New York Giants||11||20.35|
|15||12/18||New York Giants||11||20.35|
|16||12/24||@San Francisco 49ers||19||21.90|
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|3 Year Avg||71||46||502||3||26||10.91||85|