Redskins Release Phillip Merling, John Potter
The Redskins released the defensive end and the kicker on Tuesday to make room for defensive end Jarvis Jenkins and outside linebacker Rob Jackson, who returned from suspensions on Monday.
BY ZAC BOYER
ASHBURN – The Redskins released defensive end Phillip Merling and kicker John Potter on Tuesday with defensive end Jarvis Jenkins and outside linebacker Rob Jackson returning from suspensions.
Merling, in his sixth season, originally signed a futures contract with the Redskins in January. With Adam Carriker on the physically-unable-to-perform list and Jenkins suspended, he stuck through training camp and played 41 snaps over the first three games before being inactive on Sunday against the Raiders.
Potter was signed on Sept. 14 to replace Kai Forbath, who has been sidelined the last three games with a strained right groin. He went 3-for-4 on field goals and made all seven extra points.
The Redskins had a week-long roster exemption for Jenkins and Jackson, though they chose to make room for the two players on the 53-man active roster before the team breaks for its five-day bye week recess.