Thin Redskins Might Need to Make Roster Moves

WASHINGTON — The Redskins can only pick seven players to be gameday inactives, even though two players have already been ruled out with injuries and 12 others are questionable.

Between now and then, they may need to make a roster move or two to get the depth that they need.

As it currently stands,  defensive linemen Matt Ioannidis (hand) and Arthur Jones (shoulder) are ruled out on Sunday after not practicing all week.

That leaves only Ziggy Hood, Anthony Lanier, Terrell McClain and Stacy McGee as the only warm bodies available. All four practiced fully this week, but that is precarious depth at a key position.

On the practice squad, the Redskins have stashed three options, with Brandon Banks (not that Brandon Banks), Tavaris Barnes and Ondre Pipkins all possible for promotion.

With no room on the roster, there would need to be a corresponding move.

Pipkins and Barnes were signed as college free agents in May and have been with the team through the offseason workouts, training camp, and regular season. Neither has NFL regular season experience, although the circumstances would suggest that a promotion to the active roster could land them in a game.

Barnes played 12 games with New Orleans in 2015, logging five tackles. He has since spent time on the Seahawks regular season roster, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ practice squad, and the Redskins’ practice squad this season.

Any roster moves to address depth could be made any time before Sunday when inactives are announced, but would likely happen on Saturday.

Other Redskins listed as questionable for Sunday: linebacker Zach Brown (ankle), receivers Jamison Crowder (hamstring) and Brian Quick (concussion), guards Brandon Scherff (knee) and Shawn Lauvao (stinger), center Spencer Long (knee/knee), tackles Trent Williams (knee), Morgan Moses (ankle/ankle) and Ty Nsekhe (core muscle), safety Montae Nicholson (shoulder), and tight ends Jordan Reed (hamstring) and Niles Paul (concussion).

 

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