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Roster Moves: Trent Murphy to IR, OL Rishaw Johnson Signed From Giants Practice Squad

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The Redskins placed their top draft pick from this year on IR with a broken hand, and made several other moves today.

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Trent Murphy's rookie season will end one game early after he fractured his right hand during Saturday's victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.  Murphy broke the third metacarpal in his right hand during the first quarter and was not able to return to the game.  He has been the starting ROLB since Brian Orakpo was placed on IR because of a torn pectoral muscle from the Tennessee Titans game in Week 7.  Murphy has started 8 games this season, recording 32 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 1 pass defended, 2 forced fumble, and a fumble recovery.

The Redskins will likely start Jackson Jeffcoat in Murphy's place for the Week 17 season finale against the Dallas Cowboys.  Jeffcoat recorded his first career sack last week against Mark Sanchez, and will look to get another one against the team that his father Jim Jeffcoat played defensive end for 12 seasons.  The Redskins will also likely get Gabe Miller back, after missing last week's game due to an ankle injury.

In a corresponding roster move, the Redskins have signed OL Rishaw Johnson from the New York Giants practice squad.  Johnson(6'3", 315lbs, 25 years old) was undrafted in 2012 out of California (PA), and was signed by the Seattle Seahawks after the draft.  He spent time on their practice squad and was signed to the active roster, but did not play in a game for them.  He has also spent time with the Kansas City Chiefs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys, and Green Bay Packers.  His only NFL experience came last year with the Chiefs when he was active for 3 games, starting 1 of them. More information on Johnson from Redskins.com

The final roster move was signing WR Colin Lockett to the practice squad, filling the spot left open when the team signed LB Steve Beauharnais to take Brancon Meriweather's spot.  Lockett(5'11", 188lbs) ran a 4.46 40-yard dash at his pro day, along with a 32.5 vertical and 9'07" broad jump. He was also named as a special teams honorable mention in his conference.  Lockett had 130 receptions in his collegiate career at San Diego State, with 1,999 receiving yards  and 16 touchdowns. Lockett added 92 kickoff returns for 2,216 yards and three touchdowns.  Lockett spent time on the Cincinnati Bengals practice squad this year. More information on Lockett from Redskins.com