The Redskins made a roster move Wednesday that could lead to the return of one of the Redskins’ veteran leaders.
The team announced it will put first-year safety Stefan McClure on injured reserve.
McClure has an injured hamstring he suffered during the game against the Cowboys on Sunday.
The move means that the Redskins have just two healthy safeties on the roster, D.J. Swearinger and Deshazor Everett. Montae Nicholson, who is the starter alongside Swearinger, has both a stinger and issues with an AC joint sprain.
His status for the game in Seattle on Sunday is unclear.
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The move of McClure to IR might mean that the team is ready to activate DeAngelo Hall from the physically unable to perform list. Hall was placed on PUP at the start of training camp as he continued to rehab a torn ACL he suffered in 2016.
He started to practice on October 19 and he was eligible to be put on the 53-man roster after the Redskins’ game in Philadelphia on October 23.
The team has until November 9 to return him to the roster.
Given the depth issues at safety, this could be the week for Hall to return. They might not make the move immediately. The could give him a few days of practice this week to make sure that he is ready before making the final decision. They have until Saturday at 4 p.m. to make the move.
An alternative would be to promote rookie Fish Smithson from the practice squad. Jay Gruden said the team might do that earlier this year when they were had some injury problems at safety and Hall was not yet eligible to come back.
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