The Washington Redskins didn't look far tight end Niles Paul's replacement. The corresponding move sent a recent key contributor packing.
Derek Carrier was activated from the PUP list Saturday after missing the opening eight games with a knee injury sustained at the end of the 2015 season. To open a roster spot, Washington released cornerback Dashaun Phillips.
The need for a third tight end occurred when Paul suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in the Week 8 tie against Cincinnati.
Starting this week, Washington had three weeks to decide whether to active, release or place Carrier on injured reserve.
That they decided to jettison Phillips is surprising. He opened the season as the starting slot corner, but lost that role to rookie Kendall Fuller