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Redskins Sign Former Navy Standout Eric Kettani, Juggle Practice Squad

by Chuck Carroll
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Navy fullback Eric Kettani receives a handoff against the Army Black Knights during the 108th Army v Navy football game.  (credit: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Navy fullback Eric Kettani receives a handoff against the Army Black Knights during the 108th Army v Navy football game. (credit: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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ASHBURN, Va. (CBSDC) — The Washington Redskins had a busy Tuesday juggling long snappers and practice squad players.

In addition to signing 35-year-old Justin Snow to replace Nick Sundberg, who was placed on injured reserve with a broken arm, the Redskins released three players and signed two more to the eight-man practice squad.

Former Naval Academy fullback Eric Kettani and running back Javarris Williams filled two of the spots left vacant on the practice squad.

Kettani was originally signed by the New England Patriots as a college free agent in 2009 and was placed on the Reserve/Military list later that season. He again tried to pursue a full-time NFL career last year and spent the first five weeks of the season on the team’s practice squad before being ordered into active duty.

He was released from New England’s practice squad on Sept. 4.

Kettani amassed 2,091 yards and 15 touchdowns during his time at the Naval Academy. The 25-year-old is one of only two players to ever eclipse the 2,000-yard mark at the military academy.

Williams, 26, was a seventh round draft choice of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2009. The Tennessee State product’s professional career includes appearances in four regular season contests and stops with the Seattle Seahawks, Houston Texans and Dallas Cowboys.

Running back Antwon Bailey, fullback Robert Hughes and defensive lineman Jason Shirley were all released from the practice squad.

The undersized Bailey — 5 feet 7 inches and 195 pounds — appeared in one preseason game this year.

Hughes and Shirley were signed on Sept. 2.

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