After great delay, the Redskins have released their 53-man roster to begin the season. The final six cuts are Chad Rinehart, Robert Henson, Terrence Austin, Clint Oldenburg, Curtis Gatewood, and Bobby Wade.
Offensive lineman Chad Rinehart, one of the few holdovers remaining from the 2008 draft class, was previously expected to make the roster as the team was reportedly seeking trade options. Evidently, there wasn't a whole lot of trade interest as he was named to the team's cut list on their website today.
Linebacker Robert Henson was one of Washington's few standout players in the team's loss to the Arizona Cardinals in the final preseason game Thursday night. Henson suffered an injury in that game however, which may have played a major roll in the the team's decision to waive him today.
Wide receivers Terrence Austin and Bobby Wade failed to make enough of an impact in the preseason and training camp to make the final roster. Many thought that Austin had outperformed the smaller Brandon Banks in the return game, but the Redskins elected to keep the speedy Banks and tight end Logan Paulsen over Austin and Wade.
Offensive tackle Clint Oldenburg and linebacker Curtis Gatewood, both first year professionals, were among those expected to be cut today.