Adam Hayward spent the 2014 and 2015 seasons with the Washington Redskins before the team announced his release on Friday.*
The Washington Redskins on Friday announced the release of veteran linebacker Adam Hayward.
Hayward, 32, was signed by the Redskins on March 12, 2014, and elected special teams captain in his first season with the team. He made his regular season debut for Washington on Sept. 7 that year against the Houston Texans.
The Portland State product, however, would suffer a season-ending leg injury against the San Francisco 49ers later in the season.
He would finish the year with 13 defensive tackles while helping guide the Redskins' special teams unit in a new direction.
Hayward made a full recovery during the 2015 offseason and was expected to make a significant contribution on special teams once again, but a torn ACL in the Redskins' second preseason game resulted in a year-long stint on Injured Reserve.
With less than a week before the first training camp practice at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center, Will Compton, Steven Daniels, Carlos Fields, Mason Foster, Terence Garvin, Perry Riley Jr. and Martrell Spaight will be among the inside linebackers fighting for a roster spot.
With this move, the Redskins roster is down to 89 players. The maximum roster size at this time of year is, of course, 90 players.