Phillip Buchanon Returns From Four-Game Suspension, Redskins Cut Brandyn Thompson To Make Room

Phillip Buchanon returned to the practice field on Tuesday following a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. To make room for him on the roster, the Redskins have reportedly cut rookie Brandyn Thompson.

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Redskins Bring Back Brandyn Thompson To Practice Squad, According To Report

According to a report by ESPN 980, the Washington Redskins plan to bring back rookie cornerback Brandyn Thompson. Thompson was released by the team originally to make room for cornerback Phillip Buchanon, who's coming off serving a four game suspension. ESPN 980 reports that the Redskins and Thompson have an agreement in place for Thompson to return to the team's practice squad and will be made official once room for him is made.

Thompson was a 7th round pick of the Redskins in the 2011 NFL draft. He saw action in two games this season and now that he has cleared waivers, the team plans to add him to their practice squad. Buchanon was on the roster exception list while he served his four game suspension for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing supplements. Buchanon is expected to be the team's third corner.

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Redskins Waive Rookie Cornerback Brandyn Thompson, Clearing Space For Philip Buchanon

On Tuesday night, the Redskins waived rookie cornerback Brandyn Thompson, clearing space on the roster for Philip Buchanon who returned after serving a four game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. News of the waiver was reported by Adam Caplan late Tuesday night.

In the 2011 draft class of twelve picks, Thompson is the first rookie that the Redskins have outright waived. He was taken in the 7th round, 213th overall out of Boise State. The corner saw action in two games this season, notching two solo tackles in the Redskins Week 2 win over the Arizona Cardinals. Thompson told Grant Paulsen that the Redskins informed him that they would like to add him to their practice squad, if he clears waivers.

Buchanon, on a roster exemption, returned to the practice field Tuesday morning after serving the four game suspension, but not before having his shoulder cleared on Monday. It’s expected that he will provide backup support for Josh Wilson and DeAngelo Hall after missing the first quarter of the 2011 season. He has an extra week to work himself back into the regular rotation before the Eagles come to FedEx on October 16th.

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Phillip Buchanon Returns To Washington Redskins' Practice After Four-Game Suspension

The Washington Redskins are sitting pretty at 3-1 heading into their bye week. They'll have two weeks to rest up, get healthy and prepare for their upcoming slate of games beginning in Week 6 against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Redskins also welcomed back Phillip Buchanon into the fold on Tuesday, as the veteran cornerback returned to practice after serving a four-game suspension for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing supplements.

Upon reporting to work on Monday, Buchanon’s shoulder – injured during the Redskins’ final preseason game – was evaluated by Washington’s training staff. On Tuesday he was back on the practice field, watching much of the day’s activities beside members of the Redskins’ coaching staff.

"[I’m] definitely happy to be back," Buchanon said. "I feel pretty good right now," he said about his shoulder. "I’ll be here pretty much this whole week to try to get back to try to help this team get some more wins."

The question now is how Buchanon will be worked back into the rotation in Washington's defensive backfield. The 'Skins, of course, are playing great football defensively. They rank 5th in overall defense and 7th defending the pass. The 31-year old won't unseat DeAngelo Hall or Josh Wilson right away, but you can never have too many corners in today's pass-happy NFL. For the time being, Buchanan is just happy to put the suspension behind him and return to work with his teammates.

"We’re 3-1 right now which is a good feeling," Buchanon said. "Unfortunately for me I wasn’t able to be a part of the first four [games] but I look forward to being part of the next 12."

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