Brandyn Thompson Returns To Active Roster; Domonique Johnson Released
ASHBURN – Brandyn Thompson, who spent the last three weeks on the Washington Redskins’ practice squad, was promoted to the active roster for the fourth time this season when the team released cornerback Domonique Johnson.
Thompson, a 5-foot-10, 177-pound rookie cornerback, has appeared in two games for the Redskins this season. He was on the active roster for three others, inactive for a fourth and was out of action for the other five as a member of the practice squad.
“It’s all new to me, so I just try to take it as it comes,” Thompson said about the moves. “I just try to go out there, work hard and do what I do best – and that’s play football. I have faith that the rest of it will take care of itself.”
The 6-foot-1, 191-pound Johnson, signed on Nov. 8 after being released by Minnesota, was inactive for all three games he was with the Redskins.
To fill Thompson’s slot on the practice squad, the Redskins signed Travon Bellamy, a 5-foot-11, 205-pound cornerback from Greenbelt, Md. who played at Illinois from 2006-10 and went undrafted in April. He was in training camp with St. Louis before being cut.
UPDATE (2:40 p.m.): Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said the team promoted Thompson to the 53-man roster because another team wanted to sign him off the practice squad. He declined to name the team, though Baltimore, Indianapolis, Minnesota, New England and the New York Jets were all signed defensive backs to their active rosters this week.