It's rare enough for a team to make a major move on offense in week three that isn't related to injuries. Now the Redskins have made two.
According to a report by Rick Maese of the Washington Post, speedy wide receiver Brandon Banks will be released tomorrow to make room for Ryan Torain on the 53-man roster.
Banks's agent James Gould, would not comment about the expected move, but did comment on Banks's situation in Washington.
"I believe that Brandon has found a home with the Washington Redskins," he said. "They stepped up and gave him an opportunity when no one else would. Fans and management see what Brandon is about and that he can help the team. We are optimistic about the long-term."
Banks had a fairly impressive preseason, including a punt return touchdown in Washington's opening game against Buffalo, but also had two fumbles during the preseason, and was not active for either regular season game. Banks was often viewed as more of a project, and the team has apparently decided that the cost of keeping him on the roster may not be worth the possible payoff.
Banks is eligible to take Torain's place on the Redskins' practice squad if he clears waivers.
With today's moves, newcomer Chad Simpson becomes a candidate for the inactive list on Sunday. The Redskins may also choose to list wide receiver Anthony Armstrong as inactive against the Rams if he is not able to fully recover from his groin injury.