With Chris Culliver questionable for Sunday's matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles, Washington announced the promotion of cornerback Deshazor Everett from the practice squad to the 53-man roster and the release of defensive end Frank Kearse.
Culliver (knee) did not practice Thursday or Friday after being a limited participant in Wednesday's session. The addition of Everett ensures the Redskins have four corners available if Culliver, listed as "questionable" on Friday's injury report, sits out Sunday. Nobody could have imagined this potential quartet just a few weeks ago.
Will Blackmon joined the team a a free agent after the season opener. Quinton Dunbar was added to the roster earlier this week after transitioning to CB from wide receiver.
Everett, an undrafted rookie, endured his own release ahead of Week 1's game against Miami after initially making the 53-man roster. Washington needed another tight end at that point and signed Anthony McCoy. Now they need corner help.
Without Culliver, Bashaud Breeland would be the only member of the projected top 4-5 corners available. Justin Rogers was placed on season-nding injured reserve last week. DeAngelo Hall (toe) is expected to miss the next several weeks. Washington released David Amerson last month.
Help arrives for the Redskins beat-up secondary, but at the expense of defensive end Frank Kearse yet again. Kearse was previously released twice before games only to re-sign the following week.
Redskins coach Jay Gruden discussed Culliver's status Friday.
“You know what, he’s got just some soreness down there," Gruden said. "I don’t know if it’s wear-and-tear or what it is. Just a little sore, we’re taking it easy on him trying to get that thing right for Sunday. I feel I’m optimistic but you never know. It’s up to him and how he feels if the trainers can get him well.”
What this means: Eagles Sam Bradford hasn't looked sharp this season, but he could get all kinds of healthy this week against a Cullver-less secondary. Even i Culliver plays, using some combination of Blackmon, Dunbar and Everett in nickel and dime packages is hardly ideal. The Redskins pass rush didnt show up in last week's loss to the Giants, but must in this NFC East matchup or Bradford will have time to pick apart this rag-tag crew.