Ends season with another absence
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.
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Commanders head coach Ron Rivera said Monday that Samuel (hamstring) looks "really good" during workouts so far, Pete Hailey of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Washington general manager Martin Mayhew said Monday that the organization is in ongoing talks with McLaurin and his agent about a possible contract extension, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.
Thomas (knee) is progressing well in his recovery from a left ACL tear and has already resumed jogging, Ivan Lambert of USA Today reports.
McLaurin isn't expected to participate in on-field work this offseason, but he will be at the Commanders' team facility Tuesday, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.