Donté Stallworth Among Redskins’ Initial Roster Cuts
The Redskins made their first cuts a day early, releasing a veteran receiver and right tackle while also cutting two players who spent parts of last season with the team.
BY ZAC BOYER
ASHBURN – The Redskins began making progress toward trimming their roster to 75 players on Monday by releasing veteran receiver Donté Stallworth and waiving five others.
Fullback Eric Kettani, kicker John Potter, receiver Chip Reeves and linebackers Ricky Elmore and Quan Sturdivant were waived on Monday, while inside linebacker Keenan Robinson and strong safety Phillip Thomas were placed on injured reserve. Cornerback Richard Crawford and inside linebacker Jeremy Kimbrough were waived with an injury designation, meaning they’ll revert to injured reserve if not claimed and the team will save money against the salary cap.
That leaves the Redskins with 80 players heading into Tuesday, when teams must pare their rosters to 75 by 4 p.m. The lockers of inside linebacker Roddrick Muckelroy, right tackle Jeremy Trueblood and left guard Jacolby Ashworth were also cleaned out Monday morning; a person familiar with Ashworth’s status said the team was negotiating an injury settlement with the player.
Stallworth, entering his 11th season, joined the Redskins for a second stint at the end of minicamp and had been hampered by a strained left hamstring during much of training camp. He caught just two passes in the preseason opener against the Titans before sitting out against the Steelers, then returned to play 37 snaps Saturday against the Bills.
“Any time you get set back and you’re missing a couple of weeks, it’s really hard to make a football team when you can’t go out there as a veteran and show what you can do,” Mike Shanahan said. “Donté has always been a guy that’s been a standup guy. … He’s wanted to help on special teams, but you could see with the setback with his hamstring he just wasn’t ready.”
Kettani spent much of last season on the practice squad and entered training camp as the backup to Darrel Young. An officer in the Navy Reserve, he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant in a ceremony at Redskins Park in June.
Muckelroy was signed in November, but he sustained an unspecified right shoulder injury midway through training camp and has often been held out of practice. Trueblood, entering his eighth season, was signed in April as insurance at right tackle but was working exclusively with the third team, while Potter was signed at the end of minicamp as a kickoff specialist.
Ashworth has been battling a lingering ankle injury since joining the team. Elmore was signed to a futures contract in January, Reeves was an undrafted free agent and Sturdivant was signed on Aug. 15.
This report was originally posted on 8/26/13 at 10:57 p.m. and updated on 8/26/13 at 12:31 p.m. and 8/26/13 at 5:48 p.m.