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Bryan Kehl Happy To Return To Redskins After Being Released By Kansas City

By ZAC BOYER

zboyer@freelancestar.com | @ZacBoyer

ASHBURN – Except for a few blitzes, the Washington Redskins’ defensive playbook looks exactly as it did the last time Bryan Kehl saw it three months ago.

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“That was one of the biggest reliefs – not having to learn another defense,” said Kehl, who was claimed off waivers by the Redskins on Wednesday. “It’s all fresh. Plus, having been here in the OTAs and being here during the offseason and all that stuff – being out there today, it was just clicking. Other than the stuff they’ve added since I’ve been gone, it was all in there.”

Kehl was signed by the Redskins in April, but was released when the team finalized its roster after the preseason ended. After sitting at home for the first month, he was signed by Kansas City, though he played only three games and primarily on special teams.

His responsibilities will be larger with the Redskins. Because of his knowledge of the playbook, Kehl is more likely to play on Monday against the New York Giants than Roddrick Muckelroy, who was signed Monday to replace the injured Keenan Robinson.

Kehl practiced on every special teams unit Thursday except for punt coverage, and his ability to play both inside and outside linebacker should help him rotate in on sub packages and on passing downs. He practiced primarily inside on Thursday, according to defensive coordinator Jim Haslett.

“We wanted to keep him,” Haslett said. “We just didn’t have the roster spot. With London [Fletcher] being knicked up and we’re kind of hurting there with Keenan, so it’s another guy that can go in and you don’t have to worry about him. He’ll do everything right.”

Because Kehl played in the Chiefs’ 17-9 loss to Denver on Sunday, the lack of a layoff between games should keep him fresh for Monday. It’s only a bonus that the game comes against the Giants, with whom Kehl spent parts of his first three seasons.

“I’m licking my chops on that,” Kehl said.

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