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Redskins Blog: Redskins not planning on adding Seastrunk to practice squad

6 hours 45 min ago

The Washington Redskins have no immediate plans to sign rookie running back Lache Seastrunk to their practice squad, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

After getting cut on Saturday as the team trimmed its roster from 75 players to 53 to meet the league limit for the regular season, Seastrunk held out hope that he would return as a member of the practice squad.

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Redskins turn their focus from roster refining to preparing for Texans opener

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 8:52pm

Having made it through the preseason without serious injury to a starter, the Washington Redskins set about bridging the gap in their opening-day lineup Sunday by claiming veteran strong safety Duke Ihenacho off waivers.

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Redskins Blog: Redskins bring back Chris Thompson to practice squad, add seven others

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 5:35pm

With Brandon Meriweather’s appeal of his two-game suspension rejected, the Washington Redskins claimed veteran safety Duke Ihenacho from waivers Sunday to bolster their defensive backfield and set about building their practice squad.

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Redskins Blog: Redskins claim former Denver safety Duke Ihenacho off waivers

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 2:13pm

The Redskins put in a claim for former Denver Broncos strong safety Duke Ihenacho and were awarded him, two people with knowledge of the situation confirmed.

A third-year pro out of San Jose State, Ihenacho didn’t survive Denver’s roster cuts on Saturday. He started 14 out of 15 games at strong safety last season, recording 73 tackles and three forced fumbles.

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Michael Sam unclaimed after being cut by Rams

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 2:03pm

A day after Michael Sam was released by the St. Louis Rams, he remained unclaimed by any other NFL team.

Under the league’s waiver process, any team could have claimed him for its 53-player final roster, but none has done so. That means that Sam, the 249th pick in the seventh round of the NFL draft, is now free to sign on as a practice-squad player with any team, although the Rams would seem to be the most likely to add him to the 10-player practice squad. Even if he does sign with the Rams, it’ll be tough for him to get onto the field, though, given the team’s depth on the defensive line. Still, Sam, trying to be the first openly gay player on an NFL regular-season roster, made a favorable impression on the Rams.

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Patriots trade Ryan Mallett to Houston Texans

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 1:40pm

No sooner did Bill Belichick say that he was “fortunate” to have three quarterbacks on the roster than the New England Patriots coach traded one of them.

Ryan Mallett is headed to the Houston Texans, according to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, for a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2016. He’ll join former Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien, now the Texans’ coach, in Houston. As for the Patriots, Jimmy Garoppolo is the backup to Tom Brady.

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Redskins Blog: Impressive preseason helped Redskins rookie Ryan Grant make roster

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 12:40pm

Rookie wide receiver Ryan Grant impressed coaches with his smarts at the combine.

During Washington’s rookie minicamp, he impressed with the professional way he went about his job, with Coach Jay Gruden likening him to “a 10-year veteran.”

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49ers’ Ray McDonald arrested on domestic violence charge

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 12:03pm

Updated with McDonald out on bail, 49ers’ statement

Last week, the NFL adopted new rules involving domestic violence, and now it appears that the first player to test the rules might be Ray McDonald.

The San Francisco 49ers defensive end was arrested in a domestic violence incident involving his pregnant fiancee, according to Damian Trujillo of NBC Bay Area and other Bay Area outlets. Santa Clara County records show McDonald, 29, who was also arrested for DUI in 2010, was booked at 5:30 a.m. PDT for “inflicting injury on a spouse or cohabitant, according to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee. By late morning, he was freed on $25,000 bail for the felony domestic violence charges.

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Redskins Blog: Thoughts on the Redskins’ initial 53-man roster

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 9:28am

In case you missed it, the Washington Redskins finalized their 53-man roster on Saturday, making 14 moves to reach the league limit by the 4 p.m. deadline. Those 14 moves came after Washington got a jump on things with eight cuts issued on Friday.

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Redskins make final roster cuts to get down to NFL’s 53-man limit

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 6:48pm

A trio of undrafted first-year players earned spots on the Washington Redskins’ initial 53-man roster as the team made its final cuts to get down to the league limit by Saturday’s deadline.

College free agent Silas Redd emerged from a four-way battle for the final running back position — a competition that Coach Jay Gruden had described as the stiffest of the preseason. Safety Akeem Davis beat out 2013 fourth-round pick Phillip Thomas for one of the final spots in the secondary. And punter Tress Way wrestled those duties from third-year veteran Robert Malone despite having just signed with Washington on Aug 20.

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Redskins Blog: Redskins finalize 53-man roster

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 4:31pm

The Washington Redskins announced that they have finalized their 53-man roster by cutting offensive lineman Maurice Hurt and placing wide receiver Leonard Hankerson and defensive end Stephen Bowen on the physically unable to perform list.

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What’s next for Michael Sam?

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 4:08pm

Now that Michael Sam has been released by the St. Louis Rams, failing to make their season-opening 53-man roster, the question becomes: What’s next for him?

It appears that, following a productive preseason, he will have a home in the NFL, although it’s not immediately clear where that will be or what roster status he will have.

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Redskins Blog: Meriweather’s two-game suspension upheld

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 2:38pm

Redskins strong safety Brandon Meriweather will serve his two-game suspension for an illegal hit to the head of Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith, the NFL announced Saturday afternoon.

Ted Cottrell, the appeals officer jointly appointed by the NFL and NFL Players Association, ruled against Meriweather after reviewing the appeal presented by his representatives.

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Kyle Orton reportedly set to join the Bills

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 11:05am

The Bills clearly are not happy with what they have seen from their backup quarterbacks, and many would say that they can’t be too thrilled with the development of second-year starter EJ Manuel, either. So Buffalo’s imminent signing of Kyle Orton should go along way toward shoring up the team’s depth at that vital position, and if Manuel continues to struggle, it may even signal an eventual changing of the guard.

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Redskins Blog: Redskins cut rookie kicker Zach Hocker, sparing Kai Forbath

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 9:49am

The Redskins spent a seventh-round pick on Arkansas place kicker Zach Hocker this spring, hoping to bring in a youngster with a strong leg who would challenge incumbent Kai Forbath.

Their competition lasted all preseason, with the rookie shining initially, hitting a pair of field goals and making a special-teams tackle during the opener against New England, while Forbath was short on his lone attempt from 46 yards.

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Redskins Blog: Phillip Thomas, Chase Minnifield among defensive players cut

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 9:36am

The Redskins have cut young defensive backs Phillip Thomas and Chase Minnifield, a person with knowledge of the situation said Saturday morning. Washington also has cut linebacker Everette Brown while placing fellow linebacker Darryl Sharpton on injured reserve.

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Redskins Blog: Redskins release RBs Evan Royster, Lache Seastrunk, Chris Thompson

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 9:23am

The Washington Redskins resumed roster cuts on Saturday morning, releasing running backs Evan Royster, Lache Seastrunk and Chris Thompson, according to people with knowledge of the situation.

Running back represented one of the stiffest competitions of the preseason. Washington had Pro Bowl workhorse back Alfred Morris locked in as the starter, and Roy Helu Jr. as his top backup and primary third-down back. But that left Royster, a four-year veteran, Thompson, a second-year pro, and the two rookies Seastrunk and Silas Redd, to compete for the final spot or two on the unit.

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Michael Sam is oh-so-close to the finish line

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 11:45pm

NFL teams must be down to their maximum allotment of 53 players by 4 p.m. Saturday. The Rams started today with 75 players, and got most of the way toward the deadline by cutting 17.

None of the players cut today was Michael Sam. Which means that, if he is not among the five more players St. Louis must drop, then he will have made the team, becoming the first openly gay man on an NFL team’s regular-season roster.

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NFL slaps 49ers’ Aldon Smith with a nine-game suspension

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 8:31pm

In 2013, the 49ers had to make to do without pass-rusher Aldon Smith for five games, as a result of his off-field infractions. This year, the team will miss Smith’s services for nearly twice that much action.

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