by Brian McNally

ASHBURN, Va. (CBSDC) — The Redskins made their first round of cuts on Sunday, releasing veteran linebacker Rob Jackson and eight other players.

Jackson, 28, will best be remembered for his interception late in the fourth quarter of the 2012 season finale against Dallas. That helped Washington hold on for a 21-18 win and an NFC East title and playoff spot.

A seventh-round pick in 2008, Jackson forced two fumbles and intercepted three passes in the final four games of that 2012 season. The Redskins won their last seven games with Jackson filling in for an injured Brian Orakpo. He finished with 4.5 sacks that year.

That was the high point of his time in Washington, however. Jackson appeared in just 12 games last season and was resigned late in the free agent process before this summer. Younger outside linebackers Gabe Miller and Adrian Robinson had better training camps.

Robinson was cut as well on Sunday. Miller remains in competition for a fourth outside linebacker spot behind Orakpo, Ryan Kerrigan and 2014 second-round pick Trent Murphy. Everette Brown, signed early in training camp, is also in the mix there. He saw extensive playing time in Saturday’s 23-17 preseason loss at Baltimore.

The other players cut were all long shots to make the final 53-man roster or the practice squad: Robinson and fellow linebacker Jeremy Kimbrough; fullback Stephen Campbell; wide receivers Cody Hoffman and Rashad Lawrence; safety Ross Madison; defensive ends Jake McDonough and Jeremy Towns.

“You get to know these guys, they work hard, they come to meetings, they’re on time, they’ve done everything right and then when you tell them it’s over – it’s very tough,” Redskins coach Jay Gruden said on Friday. “It’s never easy. I think some of the position battles have played themselves out where you know it’s pretty simple to see, but still it’s going to be hard to let some of them go.”

The team had previously put tight end Mike Caussin – a James Madison University and West Springfield High graduate – on the Reserved/Injured list. He was signed during camp, but sustained a knee injury and didn’t appear in any preseason games.

The NFL requires its teams to pare camp rosters to 75 by 4 p.m. on Tuesday. Washington still must cut five more players by that deadline. Next Saturday is the deadline to submit final 53-man rosters.

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