Kareem Moore practiced with his Redskins’ teammates for the first time all season on Wednesday.
The injured free safety, who missed Washington’s first six games as a member of the league’s Physically Unable to Perform list, has been recovering from a knee injury that landed him on the Injured Reserve late in 2010.
By allowing Moore to practice on Wednesday, the Redskins activated a 21-day clock to place the fourth-year defender back on the active roster. Washington can take Moore off the P.U.P list at any point in the next three weeks, but when the team does that it will have to release a current member of its 53-man roster.
Moore played in 12 games in 2010, serving as the Redskins’ primary starter at free safety. He posted career-highs in tackles (64), passes defended (5) and interceptions (1). But he played through pain during much of the season, which hindered the Nicholls State product’s play.
The Redskins decided o replace Moore with a new starting free safety this offseason, signing OJ Atogwe to a multi-year contract. Atogwe has been plagued by various ailments over the past several weeks, and he just missed the Redskins’ most recent game with a knee injury of his own.
Head coach Mike Shanahan didn’t rule out the idea that Moore could be activated for Sunday’s game with the Buffalo Bills in Toronto. It seems unlikely that Moore would play just four days after practicing for the first time, but Atogwe’s health could alter Washington’s plan.
Moore, 27, has played in 42 games and made 13 starts with the Redskins since the team drafted him back in 2008.