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Live Tracker: The Redskins Finalize Their 53-Man Roster

By ZAC BOYER

zboyer@freelancestar.com | @ZacBoyer

The Washington Redskins will need to release 22 players before Friday at 9 p.m. as the team tries to finalize its 53-man roster before the start of the upcoming season and the opener Sept. 9 at New Orleans.

Players reported to have been cut will not be actually done so until that time; likewise, players who have been told they will be released may end up being traded to another time, as was the case with cornerback Kevin Barnes on Monday.

Here is what’s known so far, with the most recent updates at the top of the page:

9:10 p.m. – The Redskins announced their list of cuts.

Anthony Armstrong, Terrence Austin, Travon Bellamy, Tom Compton, Erik Cook, Jonathan Crompton, Marlon Favorite, Grant Garner, Donnell Holt, Delvin Johnson, Richard Quinn, Willie Smith, Brandyn Thompson, Markus White and Doug Worthington were waived by the team.

Dorson Boyce and Tristan Davis were designated as waived/injured, which means they will revert to the Redskins’ injured reserve if they are not claimed on waivers. Brian McNally was waived with an injury settlement.

Tim Hightower, David Jones, Bryan Kehl and Darrion Scott were released. Kentwan Balmer’s status as a player who left team was retained, which leaves him off the active roster, and Tanard Jackson was placed on the reserve/suspended list.

Washington has a 52-player active roster, one below the maximum. Teams can begin filling out their eight-player practice squad Saturday at noon.

9:03 p.m. – At 8:59 p.m., one minute before rosters needed to be finalized, Dezmon Briscoe wrote “HTTR!” – “Hail To The Redskins!” – on his Twitter page, and Comcast Sportsnet’s Tarik El Bashir reported Briscoe told him via text he had made the team.

7:25 p.m. – The Washington Examiner reported defensive end Darrion Scott was released.

4:45 p.m. – If there are questions as to why the Redskins apparently have kept six safeties on their 53-man roster, that decision may have become a bit more clear. Tanard Jackson could face expulsion from the league for yet another failed drug test, according to a FoxSports.com report. Jackson is appealing the test and will remain on the active roster until his appeal is heard.

2:55 p.m. – Miami’s interest in trading for a receiver seems unlikely, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, which may leave the Redskins’ Anthony Armstrong without a job. Armstrong was linked to the Dolphins in multiple reports earlier in the day, and if a trade doesn’t take place, the Redskins could end up releasing Armstrong.

12:32 p.m. – The Redskins have engaged in talks with Miami to trade receiver Anthony Armstrong back to the team that originally gave him his first NFL opportunity. The Washington Examiner first reported Washington was in talks with the Dolphins about acquiring running back Steve Slaton, while The Washington Post reported the Redskins have proposed sending Armstrong to Miami in exchange.

12:25 p.m. – Rookie running back Alfred Morris, perhaps the star of the Redskins’ preseason, has made the 53-man roster, he told The Free Lance-Star in a text message. Morris ran for 195 yards and a touchdown on 39 carries – an average of five yards an attempt – while serving as the primary back over the first three games.

12:23 p.m. – Running back Tim Hightower, who tore the ACL in his left knee against Carolina last October, has been told he will be released today, according to multiple reports. Hightower reportedly had a setback with the knee while making his preseason debut against Indianapolis on Saturday.

12:10 p.m. – Multiple outlets report receiver Aldrick Robinson has been told he has made the team. Robinson has been in a battle with Anthony Armstrong, Brandon Banks, Terrence Austin, Dezmon Briscoe and several other undrafted receivers in training camp for what was thought to likely be two receiver spots. Banks was earlier reported to have been told he’s made the team.

11:48 a.m. – John Keim of the Washington Examiner reports Brandon Banks has been told he will make the team. Banks, challenged by the coaches before the season to make the team as a receiver, struggled in doing so during preseason games but excelled as a return specialist – a role he’s had the last two seasons.

Meanwhile, Mike Jones of The Washington Post is reporting safeties Reed Doughy and DeJon Gomes have made the team, making it possible the Redskins will keep up to six players at the position.

11:38 a.m. – Nose tackle Chris Baker told The Free Lance-Star he has made the team. The selection was solidified midway through training camp when Chris Neild tore the ACL in his left knee, leaving him out for the season.

11:34 a.m. – David Jones, thought to be in competition with Brandyn Thompson for the final spot at cornerback, has been released, according to The Washington Times.

11:10 a.m. – Outside linebacker Brian McNally, a converted defensive end who went undrafted out of New Hampshire, has been waived, per 106.7 The Fan.

11:02 a.m. – The Redskins have waived nose tackle Marlon Favorite, per ESPN 980.

10:50 a.m. – Several league sources have told The Free Lance-Star they believe the Redskins will keep receiver Dezmon Briscoe, whom they claimed off waivers from Tampa Bay the first week of training camp. Briscoe did not play until the second half of the Redskins’ victory over the Buccaneers on Wednesday and did not play at all on special teams.

10:20 a.m. – Cornerback Brandyn Thompson also confirms reports of his release on Twitter. “Appreciative of the opportunity….wishing my guys the best of the luck…great organization just didn’t work out,” Thompson wrote.

10:12 a.m. – Terrence Austin confirmed reports of his release on his Twitter page. “Love #RedskinsNation! Great Fans here! I wish the organization the best of luck this year it’s been Great! #GodBless !!!” he wrote.

10:05 a.m. – Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun, citing league sources, reported the Redskins’ final draft pick, safety Jordan Bernstine, has made the 53-man roster.

9:45 a.m. – John Keim of the Washington Examiner and Grant Paulsen of 106.7 The Fan report cornerback Brandyn Thompson has been waived.

9:40 a.m. – Multiple reports indicate receiver Terrance Austin has been waived by the Redskins. Austin played in 13 games last year after being drafted in the seventh round out of UCLA in 2010.

9:35 a.m. – Right guard Adam Gettis, who filled in for starter Chris Chester in the first two preseason games, has been told he has made the team, according to Rich Campbell of The Washington Times.

9:20 a.m. – Delvin Johnson, an undrafted nose tackle out of Marshall, has been waived, he said in a text to The Free Lance-Star. Johnson had two sacks in the preseason. “There’s a chance that I could be back but I’m just going to put everything in God’s hands and see where it takes me,” he said. “I think I showed a lot of people I can play and that I belong in this league.”

9:15 a.m. – Offensive tackle Tom Compton, a sixth-round draft pick out of South Dakota, has been waived, according to The Washington Times.

9:04 a.m. – The Redskins have informed inside linebacker Keenan Robinson, a rookie taken in the fourth round out of Texas, and outside linebacker Chris Wilson they have made the team, a source told The Free Lance-Star.

9:02 a.m. – Chuck Carroll of CBS Radio in Washington is reporting defensive end Doug Worthington has been waived, while undrafted center Grant Garner has been as well, according to ESPN 980.

8:56 a.m. – Bryan Kehl has been released by the Redskins, he said in a text to The Free Lance-Star. Kehl, a reserve inside linebacker, had a team-high six tackles, a sack and an interception against Tampa Bay on Wednesday in the final preseason game.

8:35 a.m. – Offensive tackle Willie Smith, the only undrafted free agent to make the 53-man roster last season, was waived, according to The Washington Post. Smith started the final three games at left tackle and was working at right tackle through the preseason.

8 a.m. – Center Erik Cook, who started two games for the Redskins last season, was released Thursday night, according to multiple reports. Cook was working at left guard for the Redskins in the early days of training camp before starter Kory Lichtensteiger underwent arthroscopic surgery, and the team then decided to move him back to the middle.

The Washington Post reported the Redskins cut Jonathan Crompton, who was the team’s fourth quarterback and was originally waived Monday but brought back to play in the preseason finale Wednesday.

ProPlayerInsiders.com reported cornerback Travon Bellamy, a Washington native, and running back Tristan Davis were waived.

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