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Redskins Release James

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The Redskins have released defensive lineman Erasmus James, the team announced on Tuesday.

James's release was part of several roster moves by the Redskins. The team is tweaking the roster in the wake of a series of injuries along the offensive line.

James has seen limited action with the Redskins this year. He played in five games was inactive for eight.

The Redskins traded for James on May 27, 2008, sending a conditional sixth-round draft pick to the Minnesota Vikings for his services.

James spent most off-season workouts and training camp rehabbing from knee surgery.

James was a former first-round draft pick by the Minnesota Vikings in 2005. He has five career sacks in four NFL seasons.

The Redskins have been carrying 11 defensive linemen--including Jason Taylor, listed as a linebacker-defensive end--on the roster most of the season.

With James's release, the Redskins are down to 10 defensive linemen, which is typical for most NFL teams.

The Redskins added to their depth along the offensive line this week by signing offensive linemen Devin Clark, Will Montgomery and D'Anthony Batiste.

Chris Samuels and Justin Geisinger were placed on injured reserve.

That means the Redskins are carrying 10 offensive linemen for the first time this season. That is also typical for most NFL teams.

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