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The Washington Redskins look to build on the momentum established during last Sunday's win over the Seattle Seahawks when they host the New York Jets at Fed Ex Field in Week 13. Riding a six-game losing streak in last weekend, the Redskins overcame a ten-point deficit to edge the Seahawks in the game's final minutes, 23-17. They'll next face a Jets squad who is also coming off a critical win last week and trying to stay in the hunt in the AFC wild card race heading into the final quarter of the 2011 NFL season.
The Redskins welcomed Santana Moss back into the fold after the star WR had been shelved with a broken hand. This Sunday, the 'Skins might also be welcoming back Niles Paul, who's been out since Week 9 with a turf toe injury. The rookie out of Nebraska, who has just two catches on the season, practiced on Thursday. Paul could be used more regularly in the passing game if he is in fact healthy enough to play this week and for the remainder of the season. Receivers Jabar Gaffney (foot) and Terrence Austin (hamstring) were limited.
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The Washington Redskins released Donte Stallworth last week, and now, it looks like they will bring him back. A report by Howard Eskin in Philadelphia suggests it was true, and multiple reporters in Washington D.C. have confirmed the news.
Stallworth returns after not producing much in games for the Redskins. However, the team liked his presence in the locker room and have decided that is enough to have him return. The Redskins also need a wide receiver to replace Leonard Hankerson on the 53-man roster after the rookie suffered a torn labrum in his hip in the Redskins' 20-9 loss to the Miami Dolphins.
With Stallworth's return, the Redskins now employ the following group of healthy receivers. Santana Moss has not gone to injured reserve, but he is still hurt, as is Niles Paul.
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The Washington Redskins continued their busy week of roster moves Wednesday by signing free-agent offensive lineman Tyler Polumbus, most recently of the Seattle Seahawks, to their 53-man roster. Facing a glut at the offensive line positions, the Seahawks waived Polumbus on Oct. 25. to clear a roster spot for a player at another position. Prior to being waived, Polumbus made five appearances for Seattle in the 2011 campaign. In his four-year career, Polumbus has started 15 times in 51 appearances.
The Seahawks obtained Polumbus, who can play either tackle or guard, in a trade with the Detroit Lions. His career began with the Denver Broncos, who signed the former Colorado Buffalo as an undrafted free agent prior to the 2008 season. He's thus familiar with Redskins coach Mike Shanahan, whose 14-year tenure as Denver's head coach ended following that season.
According to the Redskins' official Twitter account, Polumbus will wear No. 74 for Washington. He donned No. 76 with Denver and No. 78 with Seattle.
Mired in a four-game losing streak that has them three and a half games behind the first place New York Giants, the Washington Redskins made a series of roster moves on Tuesday in an attempt to infuse some life into the struggling squad. Here's an overview of the transactions, some of which are more note-worthy than others:
Released from Practice Squad: RB Tristan Davis
Here's some background information on the signings, beginning with Anderson, a 28 year old wide receiver who played in 63 games for the Houston Texans between 2006 and 2011. The Redskins said they were interested in acquiring veteran help at the WR position on Monday of this week, and though the signing of Anderson may not create a huge splash, the move reflects Washington's intention to bring in low-cost, experienced help at WR. Anderson has 82 receptions for 895 yards (10.9 avg.) and three touchdowns in his career. He was released by the Texans this July, signed by the Broncos only to be cut prior to the start of the season. He was then reacquired by Houston in September, appeared in two games and was then released once again in mid-October.
To make room for Anderson, the Skins parted ways with Donte Stallworth, who managed to catch only five passes for 46 yards in five games for Washington.
Kentwan Balmer is a more intriguing story,. A former first round draft pick of San Francisco's in the 2008 NFL Draft, Balmer spent two seasons in SF before being traded within the division to Seattle for a mere sixth-round pick. In 43 career games (11 starts), Balmer has recorded 83 tackles, including a career high 43 last year for the Seahawks in the 16 games he appeared in. He was waived by the Seahawks on Aug. 24, 2011, before being claimed off waivers a day later by the Carolina Panthers. He was released by the Panthers on Sept. 1.
Johnson has played in just 10 career games since being signed by the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent rookie in 2009. All 10 games were with the New York Giants however, who acquired Johnson off Denver's practice squad in November of that year.
All in all, it was a busy day in Redskins Country. Who knows if the transactions will help Mike Shanhan's squad snap their four-game losing streak and climb back towards .500 before their season spirals out control. But for 'Skins fans hoping to see the team mix things up somehow, someway, Tuesday's developments were a positive first step.
For more analysis on the players signed and released by Washington on Tuesday, check in at Hogs Haven.
The Washington Redskins continue to alter their roster at the wide receiver position, as they have released Donte' Stallworth, according to Mike Jones of the Washington Post. The news comes after the Redskins signed former Houston Texans' wide receiver David Anderson, who used to play for the Houston Texans.
Stallworth made the team out of training camp in a mild surprise, but has caught just five passes in only four games this season. The Redskins felt he was a good influence on young receivers, but evidently believed that Anderson's knowledge of Kyle Shanahan's offense from their time together in Houston was more valuable for the team right now.
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According to Jason La Canfora of NFL.com, the Washington Redskins have signed former Houston Texans wide receiver David Anderson to ad depth after rookie Niles Paul has been ruled out for a few weeks with an injury.
The Texans released Anderson on Oct. 12 after bringing him back earlier in the season. Anderson was among the Denver Broncos' final preseason cuts after joining the team in camp.
In six years as a member of the Houston Texans, Anderson compiled 82 receptions for 895 yards and three touchdowns. His best season was in 2009 when he caught 38 passes for 380 yards but no touchdowns.
Anderson won't blow anyone on the Redskins, and it will be interesting to see how much playing he actually gets now that he is a member of the Redskins, or if he was really just brought in as organizational fodder to add depth during practices. But either way, it looks like the Redskins have found the veteran wide receiver they were looking for.
The offensive woes of the Washington Redskins continued in Week 9, as the 'Skins dropped their fourth consecutive game Sunday afternoon. The 19-11 home loss to the San Francisco 49ers was the fifth time in six games that Washington has scored fewer than 20 points.
Rookie wide receiver Niles Paul was injured in the loss, making an already depleted wide receiver corps even thinner as the Redskins prepare for the second half of their 2011 schedule. According to Jason La Canfora, the Redskins are actively pursuing a veteran wide receiver to help shore up a unit that's without Santana Moss and now Paul. La Canfora preemptively snuffs out any speculation about Washington signing Terrell Owens or Randy Moss, and instead notes that Washington's interested in bringing on 'journeymen vets'.
John Beck finished with 30 completions in Sunday's loss, but over half of them went to running backs Roy Helu (14) and Ryan Torrain (1), and fullback Darrel Young (1). The trio of Jabar Gafney, Leonard Hankerson and Terrance Austin combined for just 10 receptions.
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The rookie wideout left Sunday's game with turf toe and will miss a few weeks, coach Mike Shanahan said Monday.