Reporting Chuck Carroll
UPDATE: The Redskins finalized the first round of cuts on Tuesday.
ASHBURN, Va. (CBSDC) — The Washington Redskins have begun trimming their roster ahead of two mandatory rounds of cuts this week.
Veteran wide receiver Donté Stallworth and fullback Eric Kettani were the first players known to have been released on Monday.
Offensive tackle Jeremy Trueblood has also been released according to The Washington Post.
Linebacker Ricky Elmore, kicker John Potter, wide receiver Chip Reeves, and linebacker Quan Sturdivant have been put on waivers, the team announced.
Cornerback Richard Crawford, who suffered a torn lateral collateral ligament Saturday against the Buffalo Bills, and linebacker Jeremy Kimbrough (torn labrum) were waived with injury designations. They will revert to injured reserve if unclaimed.
Linebacker Keenan Robinson (torn pectoral) and safety Phillip Thomas (Lisfranc) have officially been placed on season-ending injured reserve.
Stallworth, 32, is well-liked by the coaching staff, but found himself in a crowded position battle among younger receivers such as Joshua Morgan, Leonard Hankerson, and Aldrick Robinson. Veterans Santana Moss and Pierre Garçon are expected to be on the team’s 53-man roster.
Stallworth appeared in two games this preseason, making two receptions against the Tennessee Titans for 33 yards.
He spent last season with the New England Patriots, appearing in one game, where his only reception was a 63-yard touchdown. The 11-year veteran appeared in 11 games for the Redskins in 2011, making 22 receptions including two touchdowns.
Kettani spent last season on Washington’s practice squad and was a long shot to unseat Darrel Young atop the depth chart. He is an officer in the Naval reserves and previously put his NFL career on hold while in active service.
NFL teams have until 4 p.m. Tuesday to trim rosters to 75 players.