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Dolphins Claim Anthony Armstrong On Waivers; Willie Smith To Raiders

By ZAC BOYER | @ZacBoyer

ASHBURN – A day after he was released by the Washington Redskins, Anthony Armstrong was claimed on waivers by Miami, allowing him to return to the team that gave him his first opportunity in the NFL.


Armstrong was signed by Miami out of the Arena Football League in July 2008 and spent the next 14 months with the team before being released. The Redskins signed him midway through the 2009 season and worked his way into the rotation at receiver because of his breakaway speed.

The Redskins released Armstrong on Friday because Dezmon Briscoe was a more physical receiver and because Aldrick Robinson had a similar ability to stretch the field.

“Armstrong was probably not going to dress when you look at a guy like Aldrick Robinson and a guy like Pierre Garçon” also at X receiver, head coach Mike Shanahan said.

Multiple reports indicated the Redskins were trying to trade Armstrong to Miami on Friday, though a deal was never reached. Shanahan declined to confirm whether the reports were true, though he did say the team tries to trade all of the players it is about to release on cut-down day.

One other former Redskins player, right tackle Willie Smith, was claimed on waivers by Oakland. Smith, an undrafted free agent out of East Carolina a year ago, started the final three games at left tackle for Washington last season.