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Redskins trim roster releasing OT Smith, moving Galette to IR


Redskins trim roster releasing OT Smith, moving Galette to IR

The Redskins trimmed their roster to the required 75 players on Monday by releasing 13 players and placing linebacker Junior Galette on injured reserve.

Most of the players released never had a realistic shot at making the roster. A couple of exceptions were OT Willie Smith and TE Chase Dixon. Smith had his chance to shine when left tackle Trent Williams was given the night off when the Redskins played the Lions. But Smith struggled and that backup tackle spot may go to a younger player.

Dixon, who spent last year on the practice squad, had a shot when both Niles Paul and Logan Paulsen were lost for the year with injuries. But he couldn’t take advantage and he could well wind up on the practice quad again. There was some early buzz about undrafted free agent Devin Mahina but he never did enough to warrant a serious look.

K Ty Long didn’t perform well enough to make the Redskins think very long about pushing out incumbent Kai Forbath. But he perhaps was good enough to earn a spot on the lists of tryout kickers that NFL teams will pull out whenever their current kicker pulls a muscle or misses three of four inside of 50 yards.

CBs DreQuan Hoskey and Bryan McCann were signed after a rash of injuries at corner. Those injuries also created opportunities for Trey Wolfe and Tajh Hasson, who were signed earlier in the year, but the couldn’t take advantage.

Also released on Monday:

LB Dyshawn Davis

LB Alonzo Highsmith

WR Tony Jones (designated as injured)

G Bryce Quigley

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Trent Williams was definitely not playing Sunday against Houston, but now he might

Trent Williams was definitely not playing Sunday against Houston, but now he might

On Wednesday, Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said that six-time Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams would not play on Sunday against the Texans. 

"That's for sure," the coach said. 

By Friday, the tune had changed. Drastically. 

Gruden said that Williams' status on Sunday will come down to the medical staff. The coach added that Williams has to be comfortable in whatever cast will support his dislocated thumb.

As for Williams, he would not say for sure that he's going to play. But after talking with him for a few minutes in the Redskins locker room, it seems like the medical staff will be hard pressed to keep him off the field. 

Williams missed the Redskins last two games after injuring his thumb in a victory over the Giants. Without him, the Redskins offensive line performed admirably, but both tackles Morgan Moses and Ty Nsekhe are fighting through a number of injuries. 

The thumb injury required surgery, which happened about two weeks ago and came with a rough four-week timetable for recovery. Williams is attempting to cut that in half. 

Asked about Williams possibly playing Sunday, Redskins running back Adrian Peterson said he wants his friend and teammate to be smart about his future. Peterson said "there's a lot of football left" but the running back also added that there were situations watching Texans film this week where "it'd be real nice to have Trent out there."

Williams himself said that it must be tough for Peterson, as the two are close friends. Obviously, the running back wants the star tackle out on the field, but he also cares about his long-term future. 

Notes: Redskins K Dustin Hopkins landed on the injury report earlier with a groin injury in the week and the team brought in other kickers for tryouts on Tuesday. On Friday, Hopkins said he was pain-free and planned to "give it a go" Sunday against Houston. 


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With Samaje Perine ruled out for Week 11, expect Byron Marshall to be activated off IR


With Samaje Perine ruled out for Week 11, expect Byron Marshall to be activated off IR

The main news on Friday at Redskins Park was the surprising return to the practice field by Trent Williams. 

That wasn't the only notable development when it comes to injuries, though. 

During his end-of-the-week podium session, Jay Gruden ruled Samaje Perine out for Sunday's game against the Texans. The second-year back has a calf injury and won't be able to go in Week 11.

As of Friday afternoon, that leaves the 'Skins with just two healthy running backs in Adrian Peterson and Kapri Bibbs. Chris Thompson is on the active roster as well, but he's dealing with rib issues and he's going to be absent when Houston visits.

This means you should expect to see Byron Marshall in Burgundy and Gold come kickoff. Marshall has been on IR with an ankle injury since the start of the year but said he's been healthy for a while now and would be ready to step in as the third back.

The majority of offensive snaps the past few weeks have gone to Peterson and Bibbs, so Marshall shouldn't figure into things too much when the Redskins have the ball. He showed flashes in some spot duty in 2017, though, so if need be, he could be productive for Gruden.

With Trey Quinn already back on the 53, if/when the team elects to bring back Marshall, the Redskins will be out of IR activations. NFL rules stipulate each club only gets two per season.