ASHBURN — The Redskins finalized their first round of roster moves on Tuesday by placing tight end Derek Carrier on the physically unable to perform list and running back Keith Marshall on the reserve/injured list.
Carrier is still recovering from torn ligaments in his right knee sustained last December – though on Tuesday he was running sprints with his teammates during the warm-up portion of practice. By placing him on the PUP list, Washington keeps its options open.
Carrier must miss the first six weeks of the season, though he can participate in team meetings and work with team medical and strength training personnel. If he’s fully recovered by then, Carrier can begin practicing. The Redskins would then have 21 days to decide to activate Carrier or keep him on the PUP list the rest of the season.
Acquired from the San Francisco 49ers in a trade for a fifth-round pick last summer, Carrier would be a nice midseason addition. For now, Washington has five tight ends in training camp (Jordan Reed, Niles Paul, Vernon Davis, Logan Paulsen and Marcel Jensen). It is unclear if the team will keep three or four tight ends when the initial 53-man roster is set on Saturday at 4 p.m. Carrier provides some insurance if the Redskins decide to keep just three early in the season.
Meanwhile, Marshall sprained his left elbow on his first carry of the preseason game against Buffalo last Friday. A seventh-round pick out of Georgia, Marshall was struggling to supplant Rob Kelley as the clear backup to running backs Matt Jones and Chris Thompson. Jones is currently out with a separated left shoulder, though expects to return for the Sept. 12 season opener. Thompson sat out the Bills game, but his bumps and bruises are also not considered serious.
Kelley had 51 rushing yards on Friday and fellow roster hopeful Mack Brown had 43 yards on 11 carries with Jones and Thompson both out.
“It’s a tough spot, it is a tough spot. It’s kind of similar to [linebacker Martrell] Spaight’s concussion last year,” Washington coach Jay Gruden said Monday before Marshall’s fate was known. “We weren’t sure how long it was going to be and we ended up having to put him on IR [last September] and we’re glad we did because it gave him time to get well.”
The Redskins have trimmed their roster now to 75 players with final cuts due by Saturday at 4 p.m. to reach a 53-man roster.
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