RICHMOND, Va. (CBSDC) — The Redskins have cut linebacker Brandon Jenkins and removed offensive lineman Maurice Hurt from the Active/Non-Football Injury list.
Jenkins was a fifth round pick in 2013 out of Florida State. He appeared in just five games as a rookie and struggled through this preseason.
Sunday was an especially rough day of practice for Jenkins. Hurt passed a physical, but is a long shot to make the final roster.
Redskins coach Jay Gruden cited the play of linebackers Adrian Robinson and Gabe Miller and 2014 second-round Trent Murphy as contributing factors to Jenkins’ departure. Washington simply had better options.
Murphy is expected to be a top reserve and has performed well so far during training camp.
“We thought the earlier we made that move to give Brandon a chance somewhere else, would be beneficial to him,” Gruden said.
Gruden said defensive end Stephen Bowen is still rehabilitating from micro-fracture surgery on his right knee. The team will work out multiple prospective defensive linemen on Monday, according to Gruden, including Everette Brown, 26, a former lineman for the Dallas Cowboys.
Brown was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in 2009 and has also played for San Diego.
Hurt participated in Sunday’s afternoon walk through and was expected to do so again at practice on Monday morning. The team originally said Hurt was on the Active/Non-Football Injury List because he was out of shape after failing a conditioning test. Gruden clarified that on Sunday.
“It wasn’t so much that [Hurt] was out of shape. After further review, he lost some weight in the offseason and when we came back with the conditioning test, something wasn’t right,” Gruden said. “We wanted to make sure that he was healthy enough to resume practice. He did not finish his conditioning test, but I don’t think it was because he was out of shape. His weight was down. His weight was fine.”
Hurt hasn’t practiced with the Redskins since 2012. He spent all of last year’s training camp and regular season on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list after offseason surgery on his right knee.
Hurt started nine games with the Redskins, eight of them in 2011 at left guard. He has appeared in 21 games total.
Continuing the trend of a more physical training camp, Gruden said that Monday’s morning practice will be full pads and could feature live drills. Gruden cancelled Monday’s scheduled evening walk through, however.
Instead, the team will have meetings before breaking camp for an off day on Tuesday. Players will then resume workouts on Wednesday morning in Richmond.
“It’s been a grind. When you’re around the same guys five days in a row for about 18 hours a day you get tired of looking at them,” Gruden said. “I’m tired of looking at them. I want them out of the building for a few hours, enjoy themselves, get a nice dinner and be ready to work on Wednesday.”
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