With David Bruton dealing with a concussion - and with roster room after cutting Kendall Reyes - the Redskins went out and made a move to bring in veteran help.
On Wedneasday, the team signed former Pro Bowl safety Donte Whitner, who was in pads and on the field in Ashburn, Va.
Whitner played 14 games for the Browns last season, but the 31-year-old was a free agent through four weeks this year. Some around the NFL expected Whitner to sign with the Giants, but after working out for Washington brass the Redskins reached a deal with the three time Pro Bowler.
Last season in Cleveland, Whitner logged 58 tackles to go with 1.5 sacks, 4 passes defensed and one forced fumble. His best football came with the 49ers, where between 2011 and 2013, he grabbed five interceptions and forced five fumbles. He was named to the Pro Bowl twice in that span and only missed one game in those three years.
After losing DeAngelo Hall for the season in Week 3, the Redskins were already thin at the safety position. Bruton's concussion compounded the problems, as did Su'a Cravens dealing with a similar injury as there was some consideration the rookie linebacker could eventually transition to the secondary.
Without Whitner, the Redskins only had Duke Ihenacho, Will Blackmon and Deshazor Everett as healthy safeties on the roster.
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The version of Adrian Peterson the Redskins have been getting this year — the one who currently sits as the NFL's fifth-leading rusher and the one who has been the team's only consistent offensive threat — hasn't even been the fully in-shape version, according to Peterson.
If you take him at his word, that's a pretty frightening thought for non-Redskins defenses to ponder.
After practice on Wednesday, the 33-year-old was asked about how he's feeling after dealing with ankle and shoulder problems earlier in the season. Those problems are apparently now all behind him.
"Last week, I actually started feeling all the way healthy," he said in the 'Skins locker room. "My shoulder, I'm back to bench pressing. I hadn't done that in three weeks. And so I'm back to doing the normal things that I was able to do. My ankle's feeling good, my body's just feeling refreshed."
Oh, so the guy who's been averaging nearly 75 yards per game on about 17 carries per game and the guy who's scored four total touchdowns through nine contests is only just now back to normal?
"Second half has been a blessing to me, you know?" he said. "It was a grind the first eight weeks, and here now, as I stand in front of you, my body's feeling amazing."
Must be nice to be one of the sport's best players of this generation, huh?
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