The injury-riddled Redskins have been busy making moves to add healthy bodies to the team’s 53-man roster.
With tight end Chris Cooley and running back Tim Hightower both placed on injured reserve and out for the remainder of the season, Washington signed tight end Dominique Byrd and offensive lineman Jonathan Compas. Additionally, the Redskins signed former Auburn running back Tristan Davis to the practice squad.
Byrd, 27, has seen game action with the St. Louis Rams and Seattle Seahawks. The fourth-year veteran has caught six NFL passes and played in 15 games, 14 of which came back between 2006 and 2007. The 6-foot-3, 255-pound tight end won’t have any problems finding somebody at his position to take him under their wing; he played with Fred Davis at USC.
Compas is a 25 year-old guard / center who has spent time in Oakland, Tampa Bay and New England. The UC-Davis product was primarily a guard in college but he’s spent more practice time at center over the past couple seasons. Compas, who played in two games with the Buccaneers back in 2009, spent training camp with the New England Patriots earlier this summer. He was released during the final batch of roster cuts.
Davis, a 25-year-old Georgia-native, has spent time on practice squads in Miami, Minnesota, Pittsburgh and Detroit. He’s a 5-foot-10, 212-pound rusher who served as a kick return standout in college. He led the SEC and was 15th in the nation in kick return average back in 2005 (27 yards per return).
With the moves, it looks like practice squad running back Evan Royster will have to continue to wait for his chance to crack Washington’s active roster. Should Ryan Torain or Roy Helu suffer an injury in this Sunday’s game, fullback Darrel Young would likely be asked to serve as a backup running back. Young’s carried the ball five times for 27 yards over the past two seasons.