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First cuts

The Redskins took the practice field at 1:30 p.m. after reducing their roster to 75.

The five cuts were: WR Marques Hagans, LB Alfred Fincher, OT Devin Clark, CB Michael Grant and DL Michael Marquardt.

Fincher, a four-year veteran, played in 15 games for the Redskins last season, primarily on special teams. The Redskins have some tough decisions to make at linebacker over the next week. They’ve got veteran Robert Thomas and two late-round draft picks in Cody Glenn and Robert Henson. Undrafted Darrel Young is also getting a long look from the staff.

Hagans, the former UVA quarterback, has six games of NFL experience. He had a solid training camp and flashed quite a bit. But after he dropped a deep pass from Jason Campbell in the first quarter against Baltimore on Aug. 13, he seemed to disappear. You’ve got to wonder if his fate would have been different had he caught that ball.

Clark spent the first 14 weeks of last season on the Redskins’ practice squad before joining the active roster for the final two games of the season. He was one of several young offensive lineman that the coaching staff touted as prospects in the offseason, but he was beaten repeatedly in camp. 

Marquardt, you’ll recall was added to the roster during training camp. Grant finished last season on the Redskins practice squad.

The Redskins must reduce their roster to 53 players by Sept. 5 (Saturday).