Redskins notebook: Roster cuts

The Redskins returned to practice Monday, but it wasn't business as usual with reported QB changes and roster cuts announced.

ASHBURN -- Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III participated during the team's open practice Monday morning inside the practice bubble at Redskins Park. However, it wasn't all business as usual.

Following the latest wave of reports that Kirk Cousins will start the regular season opener against the Miami Dolphins, Cousins took first-team reps with the media on hand followed by Colt McCoy and then Griffin. 

More to come following coach Jay Gruden's press conference, which is expected in the 12:00 p.m. hour.

  • NFL teams are required to trim rosters from 90 to 75 by Tuesday. The Redskins are not waiting until the final minute.

    Though the team hasn't put out an official release, several players were not at Monday's practice at Redskin Park inside the team bubble including: Willie Smith, Ernst Brun, Devin Mahina, Chase Dixon, Alonzo Highsmith, Ty Long, Tajh Hason, DreQuan Hoskey, Dyshawn Davis, Bryce Quigley, Trey Wolfe, Tony Jones.

  • No real surprises from that group, though Smith started the second preseason game at left tackle. The Redskins went from numerous tight ends to a handful with only Jordan Reed and likely Derek Carrier roster locks.
  • Teams must reduce roster to maximum 53 players by Sept. 5.
  • Running back Matt Jones and offensive tackle Trent Williams watched drill work along with fullback Jordan Campbell (shoulder) and safety Akeem Davis.
  • DeSean Jackson (shoulder) did individual drills

UPDATE: The Redskins announced the several moves Monday, including placing LB Junior Galette on the reserve/injured list. 

Those waived include TE Ernst Brun, Jr., LB Dyshawn Davis, TE Chase Dixon, CB Tajh Hasson, LB Alonzo Highsmith, CB DreQuan Hoskey, WR Tony Jones (designated as injured), K Ty Long, TE Devin Mahina, G Bryce Quigley, CB Trey Wolfe, 

The team also terminated the contracts of CB Bryan McCann and OT Willie Smith.


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