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Redskins Place Four On Injured Reserve, Sign Four To Active Roster


The Redskins have placed four offensive players on Injured Reserve while signing two free agents to the active roster and promoting two from the practice squad as well.

The Washington Redskins announced on Tuesday that they have placed wide receiver Terrelle Pryor Sr., running back Chris Thompson, guard Shawn Lauvao and center Spencer Long on Injured Reserve.

In corresponding moves, the team signed free agent defensive lineman A.J. Francis and center Demetrius Rhaney along with promoting running back LeShun Daniels and linebacker Pete Robertson from the practice squad to the active roster.

Offensive lineman John Kling has also been signed to the practice squad.

Francis returns to the 53-man roster for his second stint this season. The second-year veteran has appeared in three regular season games over the course of his career, recording two tackles.

Rhaney, 25, joins the Redskins' active roster after spending three seasons with the St. Louis Rams (2014-16) and a stint on the Jacksonville Jaguars' roster this past offseason.

The 2014 seventh-round pick has appeared in 32 regular season games during his career with one start.

Daniels, meanwhile, was signed to the practice squad last week before being promoted to the active roster on Tuesday.

While Daniels has yet to appear in a regular season game, the rookie played in 37 games at the University of Iowa, carrying the ball 409 times for 1,895 yards and 19 touchdowns.

During his senior season in 2016, Daniels became the first Hawkeyes running back to rush for 1,000 yards as the six-foot, 216 pounder rushed for 1,058 yards on 213 carries.

As for Robertson, the first-year Texas Tech product can play both inside and outside linebacker.

In four preseason games this year, Robertson collected 10 tackles along with a sack and a fumble forced. At the completion of his college career, Robertson collected 227 tackles along with 21 sacks – fifth most in school history – along with eight passes defensed, eight fumbles forced and four fumbles recovered.

Pryor Sr. had been dealing with an ankle injury dating back to Washington's Week 2 victory over the Los Angeles Rams. While he was able to play through the pain for more than two months, the wide receiver did not practice last Thursday or Friday before being inactive for Sunday's loss to the New Orleans Saints.

Pryor tried two different type of therapy before visiting with Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte.

Pryor was expected to be one of Washington's top pass catching threats after signing with the Redskins during the offseason. But the 6-foot-4, 228 pounder tallied just 20 receptions for 240 yards and one touchdown in nine games.

Thompson, meanwhile, suffered a fractured fibula in the third quarter of the loss to the Saints. His loss is particularly difficult for the Redskins, as he was leading Washington in both rushing and receiving this season.

The fourth-year back finishes the season with 64 carries for 294 yards and two touchdowns along with 39 receptions for career highs in receiving yards (510) and receiving touchdowns (four).

Long's season, meanwhile, ends with a placement on Injured Reserve after appearing in seven games with six starts. He has been dealing with knee tendinitis over the last month, missing three of Washington's last four games. In his lone active game during that span – the Redskins' Week 10 game against the Minnesota Vikings --  Long appeared on just 12 offensive snaps.

In his place, rookie sixth-round pick Chase Roullier has taken over starting center duties.

Lauvao has been battling a stinger injury over the last few weeks that sidelined him for the second half of Washington's Week 8 game against the Dallas Cowboys. He was inactive the next week against the Seattle Seahawks before returning to the lineup in Week 10.

He appeared on the first 30 offensive plays against the Saints before being removed from the game. Tony Bergstrom and Ty Nsekhe replaced him in the lineup at left guard. 

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