The Redskins have signed free agent cornerback Will Blackmon and placed safety Duke Ihenacho on season-ending injured reserve.
The addition of Blackmon, 30, was necessary because Chris Culliver is set to serve a one-game suspension Sunday against the Rams and reserve cornerback Justin Rogers is questionable with plantar fasciitis, according to Coach Jay Gruden. If Rogers is unavailable, the Redskins’ cornerback depth chart will feature DeAngelo Hall, Bashaud Breeland, who is returning from suspension, David Amerson and Blackmon.
Blackmon, who worked out for the Redskins in Ashburn, Va., on Tuesday, was drafted in the fourth round by Green Bay in 2006 and has appeared in 66 games, including 14 starts, for the Packers, Giants and Jaguars. During his stint in New York (2010-11), Blackmon played under current Redskins secondary coach Perry Fewell, who was the Giants defensive coordinator.
Last season, Blackmon made four starts in eight appearances for Jacksonville, registering 30 combined tackles, a sack, and a forced fumble but he missed the final eight games with a broken finger. In 2013, the Boston College product recorded a career-high 11 pass breakups for the Jaguars, who released him this past February.
Blackmon (6-foot, 204 pounds) has also been used as a returner in his career, though he has not returned a punt since 2013 and has not taken back a kickoff since 2011.
As for Ihenacho, the fractured wrist he suffered in the Redskins season opener against Miami represents another major setback for a 26-year-old who started for the Broncos in the Super Bowl in 2013. Last season, Ihenacho was claimed off waivers by the Redskins but wound up on IR after only three games due to a heel injury.
Ihenacho will be replaced on defense by special teams ace Trenton Robinson, who played 49 snaps in Ihenacho’s place against the Dolphins.
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