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Redskins sign former Virginia Tech DB Macho Harris

The Redskins this afternoon signed former Virginia Tech defensive back Macho Harris. He fills the roster spot vacated Monday when the team placed safety Anderson Russell (torn ACL right knee) on the season-ending injured reserve list.

Harris was released by the Philadelphia Eagles on Sept. 4. After playing cornerback during his four-year career at Virginia Tech, the Eagles drafted him in the fifth round in 2009 and converted him to safety. They moved him back to corner during the summer, but he did not make the team.

Harris started eight games and played in 15 as a rookie last season. He had 38 tackles and two pass breakups, according to

The Redskins probably could benefit from Harris’ versatility. In addition to losing Russell, strong safety LaRon Landry likely will miss Sunday’s game with a sore left Achilles’ tendon. Also, cornerback Carlos Rogers is battling a sore hamstring, and cornerback DeAngelo Hall’s back has been bothering him all season.

Harris attended Highland Springs High School east of Richmond.

In other roster news, practice squad tackle Will Robinson signed to the Seattle Seahawks’ 53-man roster this morning.


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