The Redskins released 13 players Monday, and will keep right tackle Jammal Brown on the physically unable to perform list to open the season, as they trimmed their roster to 75 players.
Washington also traded corner Kevin Barnes to Detroit in exchange for a conditional draft pick. And the Redskins cut kicker Neil Rackers, giving the job to incumbent Graham Gano.
The Redskins also cut quarterback Jonathan Crompton, receiver Lance Lewis (waived-injured), guard Tony Moll, guard Nick Martinez, receiver Samuel Kirkland, running back Lennon Creer, corner Morgan Trent (waived with injury settlement), linebacker Monte Lewis, offensive lineman Chris Campbell, tackle James Lee, tight end Beau Reliford and running back Antwon Bailey.
The Redskins need to get down to 53 players by 9 p.m. Friday.
By opening on the PUP list, Brown is ineligible to play for the first six weeks. The Redskins then have three weeks to determine whether or not to activate him, release him or put him on injured reserve. Brown underwent surgery recently to repair ligaments in his right hip – the same hip he had operated on in 2009.
Brown has missed six games combined the past two seasons because of hip and other leg issues. Brown took yoga and Pilates classes in the offseason to help loosen scar tissue in his hip. But he re-injured the hip running sprints a day before training camp opened.
Coach Mike Shanahan said it is hard to be optimistic that Brown will be fine once this period ends. His left hip also is sore, forcing him to get a recent cortisone injection.
“Yeah, realistically you never know,” he said. “You’re always hoping a guy is going to come [around]. It’s bothered him for a while so you keep your fingers crossed that this surgery will help him. [Doctors say] they found something they think will alleviate the pain.”