One of the Washington Commanders’ top defenders was absent on the practice field on Wednesday. Kam Curl, a third-year safety, was out with what appeared to be an arm injury because his right arm was in a sling. Reporters questioned Washington head coach Ron Rivera about Curl after practice. “No, we don’t have to give you the injury report until next Wednesday, so we’ll stay away from all that,” Rivera said.
Ben Standing of The Athletic disclosed on Thursday that Curl had a thumb issue that might have needed surgery. For an update on the young safety, everyone must wait until next week because Rivera won’t talk about Curl’s injury. Darrick Forrest, a second-year safety, would start in Curl’s place if he were to miss any time. Forrest had a great summer and is anticipated to play at Buffalo nickel in 2022.
Washington Commanders safety Kam Curl suffered a thumb injury, according to sources, that may have required surgery. Curl was seen with his right arm in a sling and possible cast at Wednesday's practice.
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Washington will have to rely on their depth at safety if Curl does end up being late. Darrick Forrest had a very successful offseason and was praised by coaches and press all summer long. He has been rotated around the team’s defensive packages and has been selected for the Buffalo Nickel position. Additionally, Washington kept Jeremy Reaves on the roster because he is consistently prepared to play when his name is called.
On the other hand, this might only be a minor injury, and Curl might start for the Commanders on Sunday. Bobby McCain, a fellow safety, told NBC Sports Washington’s JP Finlay after practice on Wednesday that Curl will only be out for a few days. De’Jon “Scoota” Harris was added to the practice squad, which was another minor roster change that Washington revealed today. He was initially included on the 53-men roster but was released and replaced by seasoned LB Jon Bostic.