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In Early Cut, Redskins Release Schweigert

The Redskins have released safety Stuart Schweigert, the team announced on Monday.

In addition, the Redskins re-signed safety Patrick Ghee and fullback Pete Schmitt and released linebacker Danny Verdun-Wheeler.

Schweigert, a 4-year NFL veteran, originally signed with the Redskins on June 2. He was expected to battle Reed Doughty for a starting job at safety in training camp, but the competition never materialized.

Schweigert played in Sunday night's Hall of Fame Game against the Indianapolis Colts. He was late getting over in coverage, allowing Colts quarterback Quinn Gray to throw a 30-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Onrea Jones.

Immediately after the play, Schweigert consulted with safeties coach Steve Jackson on the sidelines. Schweigert stayed in the game and played most of the second half.

Ghee, 6-1 and 210 pounds, takes Schweigert's roster spot. He originally signed with the Redskins on May 6, but was released a month later.

Ghee, a first-year player, has had NFL stints with Seattle and Carolina. He played college football at Wake Forest.

Schmitt, 6-3 and 252 pounds, spent the offseason with the Redskins, but he was released on July 18.

Schmitt, a first-year player, entered the NFL as an undrafted rookie with the Redskins in 2007. He starred at Wisconsin-Whitewater in college.

Verdun-Wheeler signed with the Redskins' roster last January. He spent three weeks on the team's practice squad last season.

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