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Redskins Sign Brown, Release Friedman

The Redskins have signed free agent wide receiver Antonio Brown to the roster, the team announced on Wednesday.

To make room for Brown, the Redskins released center Lennie Friedman.

Originally signed by the Redskins in November 2004, Brown has shown flashes as a kick return specialist, but he has also at times been careless with the football.

Brown, 5-10 and 175 pounds, was released by the Redskins on Sept. 13 after he fumbled a kickoff in the Sept. 11 season opener against the Chicago Bears. In that game, Brown returned two punts for five yards and one kickoff for 16 yards.

After his fumble, he was replaced on kickoff returns by Ladell Betts. The Redskins held on to win 9-7 at FedExField, with Brown's gaffe leading to the Bears' only touchdown.

Last year, Brown played in three games with the Redskins, returning 10 punts for an 8.9-yard return average. He also logged a 66-yard kickoff return in the season finale against Minnesota.

Brown is the second wide receiver the Redskins have signed this week to make up for injuries to David Patten and James Thrash. The team signed Jimmy Farris on Monday.

Patten is on injured reserve after undergoing knee surgery last week and Thrash is expected to miss at least one game with a hamstring injury.

Brown has limited experience at wide receiver, but he could step in as the team's punt and kickoff returner in this Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers. Thrash has served in that capacity.

Meantime, the Redskins also signed wide receiver Carl Kearney to the practice squad on Wednesday. Kearney is a first-year player who has spent time on the New York Jets' practice squad.

Rich Parson, the rookie out of Maryland who served as the kick returner in last Sunday's game at Oakland, has been released.

At Georgia Southern, he played in 30 games, with 24 starts, and finished with 22 receptions for 457 yards and two touchdowns. He also has a 16.3-yard kickoff return average and played on punt and kick coverage units.

The Redskins also worked out wide receivers Taco Wallace, a third-year player out of Kansas State, and Willie Quinnie, a first-year player out of Alabama-Birmingham, on Tuesday.

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