NFL roundup: Latest league news from Thursday, Sept. 9

It's not looking good for Curtis Samuel's availability in Week 1.

The Washington Football Team receiver did not practice once again Thursday due to a groin injury.

It's the second straight DNP for Samuel as he continues to battle the injury that plagued him this summer.

Coach Ron Rivera noted Wednesday that Thursday's practice would indicate whether Samuel might be available for Sunday's kickoff game against the Los Angeles Chargers.

"We still have the Curtis question that we're trying to work through, and we'll see how he is [Thursday]," Rivera said. "That'll be a big indicator of his availability for us, is how he reacts to the things he did today."

Samuel sitting out practice portends to him missing Week 1. The free-agent acquisition was signed as a shifty playmaker opposite rising star Terry McLaurin. If Samuel indeed misses this week, expect rookie Dyami Brown to take those reps alongside McLaurin and slot receiver Adam Humphries.

Injuries/COVID-19

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting was ruled out of Thursday's opener and, after the game, head coach Bruce Arians said Murphy-Bunting suffered an elbow dislocation.
  • Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Gallup exited early with an ankle injury.
  • The Baltimore Ravens cut practice short on Thursday after cornerback Marcus Peters and running back Gus Edwards suffered potentially significant knee injuries on back-to-back plays, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported. The Ravens later officially listed Edwards and Peters, as well as rookie linebacker Daelin Hayes, as limited practice participants. Tight end Nick Boyle (knee) and defensive end Derek Wolfe (back/hip) did not practice.
  • Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler (hamstring) did not practice for the second consecutive day.
  • Cleveland Browns defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (illness) did not practice for the second consecutive day. Wide receiver Odell Beckham (knee) remained limited.
  • Chicago Bears nose tackle Eddie Goldman did not practice again after tweaking his knee on Monday. Coach Matt Nagy called Goldman day to day and said linebackers Khalil Mack (groin) and Robert Quinn (back), and receiver Darnell Mooney (back) are expected to play Sunday despite being limited the past two days.
  • After landing on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Sept.1 following a positive test, Kansas City Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu's Week 1 status is "up in the air right now," according to defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. Wide receiver Mecole Hardman (oblique) was full-go after being limited Wednesday.
  • New York Giants tight end Evan Engram (calf) did not practice for a second straight day. Engram is being described as "doubtful" for the season opener against the Broncos, Rapoport reported. Giants running back Saquon Barkley, receiver Kenny Golladay, cornerback Adoree' Jackson, tight end Kyle Rudolph, tackle Andrew Thomas and receiver Kadarius Toney were among those limited.
  • Denver Broncos linebacker Bradley Chubb (ankle) was limited in practice Thursday after not participating the previous day. Tight end Noah Fant (knee) returned to full-go.
  • Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs (toe) was limited in the team's first practice of the week.
  • Atlanta Falcons tight end Parker Hesse has been activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list.
  • Buffalo Bills cornerback Taron Johnson (hand) was a full practice participant after being limited Wednesday.
  • New England Patriots receiver Nelson Agholor (ankle) and safety Jalen Mills (ankle) did not participate in practice; both were limited on Wednesday. Linebacker Ronnie Perkins (shoulder) was listed as limited.
  • The Houston Texans listed linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis (thigh) as limited in practice.
  • New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore (knee) was a limited participant in practice while receiver Tre'Quan Smith (hamstring) did not practice. Neither were listed on Wednesday's report.
  • Green Bay Packers linebackers Preston Smith (head) and Za'Darius Smith (back) were limited practice participants.
  • Minnesota Vikings tight end Tyler Conklin (hamstring) was upgraded to a full participant a day after being limited. Linebacker Anthony Barr, who was limited Wednesday, did not practice due to a knee injury.
  • Las Vegas Raiders offensive lineman Richie Incognito (calf) did not practice; running back Josh Jacobs (toe) and defensive end Carl Nassib (pectoral) were limited.
  • New York Jets receiver Keelan Cole (knee) was limited in practice.
  • San Francisco 49ers cornerback Emmanuel Moseley (knee) did not practice for the second day in a row. Defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw (knee) and quarterback Trey Lance (finger) were limited. Defensive end Nick Bosa told reporters he won't be on a pitch count for Sunday's opener versus the Lions.
  • Detroit Lions offensive tackle Taylor Decker (finger) did not practice.
  • Seattle Seahawks running back Rashaad Penny (calf) remained limited in practice.

Roster signings

  • The Baltimore Ravens signed running back Devonta Freeman to the practice squad, Rapoport reported.
  • The Tampa Bay Buccaneers elevated safety Andrew Adams and receiver Jaydon Mickens from the practice squad to the active roster.
  • The Dallas Cowboys elevated tight end Jeremy Sprinkle and safety Darian Thompson from the practice squad.
  • The Detroit Lions signed offensive tackle Will Holden to the practice squad.
  • The Philadelphia Eagles signed linebacker Christian Elliss to the practice squad.
  • The San Francisco 49ers signed linebacker Nate Gerry to the practice squad.

Roster cuts

  • The Indianapolis Colts waived injured tight end Andrew Vollert via an injury settlement.
  • The Philadelphia Eagles released center Ross Pierschbacher from the practice squad, and terminated defensive back Blake Countess's contract via an injury settlement.
  • The Cleveland Browns waived injured offensive lineman Greg Senat via an injury settlement.
  • The Tennessee Titans waived offensive lineman Cole Banwart after activating him from the reserve/COVID-19.
  • The Arizona Cardinals waived injured center Marcus Henry and terminated injured cornerback Darqueze Dennard's contract via an injury settlement.
  • The New York Giants waived center Ted Larsen via an injury settlement.
  • The Detroit Lions released receiver Javon McKinley from the practice squad.

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