UPDATE at 11:25 a.m.: Redskins cornerback Josh Norman is active against the Lions, despite previous reports that he would be a healthy scratch.
The Redskins intend to bench cornerback Josh Norman in Sunday's game against the Lions, leaving him inactive despite being healthy enough to play.
The news comes amid Norman's worst season in Washington. On the year he has one interception and 40 tackles, but repeatedly in what seems week after week, Norman gets beat for touchdowns by opposing receivers.
Signed in 2016 to a five-year, $75 million contract, Norman never delivered on the immense hype that followed him from an All-Pro 2015 season in Carolina. It needs to be pointed out that the Redskins never properly used Norman's skillset either. He has elite ball skills and is best when playing zone pass coverage. The Redskins defensive staff, in all their wisdom, rarely deployed Norman in those situations where we could watch a quarterback's eyes and react.
This year, however, Norman has been bad. Pro Football Focus rated him among the bottom five percent of cornerbacks in the NFL and earlier this week Redskins defensive coordinator Greg Manusky said he didn't know what was causing Norman's struggles.
"Couldn't tell you why, you got to ask him," Manusky said of Norman. "I think from our situation, we're putting him in situations to make some plays, and we're just not making the plays. Sometimes that's across the board as well on a lot of other players too."
The Redskins tried to bench Norman earlier this season, against Minnesota, but injuries forced him on the field. A full participant in practice on Wednesday and Thursday, Norman was limited with a hamstring issue for Friday's practice, per the Redskins injury report.
He has one year remaining on his contract, but with a salary cap charge of more than $15 million and no guaranteed money, it's quite hard to see him actually on the Redskins roster in 2020.
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