Richmond-Washington wide receiver Curtis Samuel was added to the NFL’s Physically Unexecutable (PUP) list on Tuesday, the day before the team’s first training camp.
Samuel is the team’s biggest signing during the offseason. He was unable to play in the team’s mandatory mini training camp in June due to a groin injury. Head coach Ron Rivera said at the time that he was not overly worried about injuries.
But Samuel must now be off the list to practice. At the same time, he can recover with the help of trainers, although this injury is an unfortunate setback for Washington-he hopes Samuel’s speed can add another vitality to his offense.
Washington signed a three-year, $34.5 million contract with Samuel in March to lure him out of the Carolina Panthers.
Samuel’s PUP roster tour was one of many roster changes in Washington on Tuesday. The team also designated cornerback Greg Strowman on the PUP and included right tackle Cornelius Lucas on the COVID-19 reserve list. This means that Lucas, who is expected to compete for the starting position, either tested positive for the virus or had contact with an infected person.
Safety Deshazor Everett and defensive tackle Tim Settle were placed in a “non-football illness” starting training camp. Defensive tackle Dvarro Lawrence has been labeled a “non-football injury” label.
Tight end Tyrone Swoopes and defender Najee Toran failed to appear in the training camp and were included in the “unreported” list. The team also gave up two players: defensive tackle Jaylen Jenkins (injured) and close end Dern Yard.
At the same time, safety Landon Collins was not included in any list-which means that he should be well out of the season-ending Achilles tendon tear for nine months.