The Washington Redskins are making a change at center this week. It's quite possible the Cleveland Browns are as well and doing so with a familiar face to those in Ashburn.
Austin Reiter, who was on Washington's roster for the season opener, is expected to start in Sunday's game at FedEx Field, a source tells Breaking Burgundy. This comes three weeks after Cleveland (0-3) signed the lineman off Washington's (1-2) practice squad.
With starting center Cameron Erving injured, Reiter backed up John Greco in the Week 3 loss to Miami. Another change is expected after starting right guard Alvin Bailey was arrested for DUI Monday. Greco, a natural guard, would shift back to his natural guard spot, opening a slot for Reiter in the starting lineup.
Browns coach Hue Jackson was asked Thursday about the center spot, a position where players are not subbed out liberally.
This is where the irony kicks in on several fronts.
Washington kept Reiter on the 53-man roster for the season opener due in part to depth uncertainty because of Spencer Long's ankle injury. Reiter was released the following week as the Redskins signed defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins and then added to the practice squad. That's where he spent much of his rookie campaign after Washington selected him in the seventh round of the 2015 NFL Draft.
The Redskins possibly if not likely would have promoted Reiter back to the active roster this week after placing starting center Kory Lichtensteiger (calf) on injured reserve. Washington ended up signing former Vikings C John Sullivan and added OL Vinston Painter from the practice squad. Starting left guard Shawn Lauvao (ankle) is uncertain for Week 4.
With Sullivan only just on board, Long, primarily a guard during his NFL career, likely makes his first career start at center Sunday after replacing Lichtensteiger in the Week 3 win over New York.
With Reiter at center for Cleveland, he will go up against man who technically replaced him on the roster in Jenkins.
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