It was reported earlier today by ESPN980's Chris Russell that the Redskins were going to activate DE Stephen Bowen from the PUP list today, and now the team has officially announced the move. Bowen's return meant that another player would have to be released to make room on the 53-man roster. The Redskins instead chose to place ILB Akeem Jordan on IR, ending his season, and possibly his short time with the Redskins. Jordan sprained his MCL in the final preseason game vs the Buccaneers this year, and has only been active for 2 of the 6 games the team has played. Jordan did not practice at all this week, and was likely to sit again this week.
Akeem Jordan signed a 1 year, vet-minimum contract with the Redskins this year. He was brought in to provide depth/competition at ILB, and more importantly, special teams. He was one of three ILB free agents the team brought in this year. Adam Hayward was signed for his special teams leadership and experience and he is currently the special teams captain. The other ILB was Darryl Sharpton, who was dealing with a high ankle sprain and was placed on IR. He was eventually released from IR with an injury settlement.
You could easily make the case that the Redskins made the wrong decision when it came time to decide which injured ILB to keep at the end of August. Sharpton's injury was not a season ending injury, but neither was Jordan's. Sharpton was also signed to a 1 year deal, but his contract was worth twice the money, and almost four times the cap space. Sharpton was signed by the Chicago Bears and is playing well for them on defense and special teams. The Redskins have a need at ILB right now with Perry Riley, Jr injured and Akeem Jordan on IR. The beauty of 20/20 hindsight GMing...
ROSTER NEWS: #Redskins activate DE Stephen Bowen from PUP to active roster; place LB Akeem Jordan on IR. pic.twitter.com/1GMmqkvT5L— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) October 18, 2014