Gabe Miller was a long shot to make the Redskins roster this offseason. His chances improved when the team released veteran Rob Jackson and 2013 draft Brandon Jenkins. The final linebacker roster spot came down to Everette Brown and Miller, and Miller was able to beat out the veteran who didn't have practice squad eligibility. Miller has mainly been used on special teams during the regular season, with 2nd round rookie OLB Trent Murphy on call as the #3 OLB on the team.
Gabe Miller's agent has announced that the Redskins will be releasing him from the team. This will leave only 3 OLBs on the roster, and Brian Orakpo has a torn ligament in his middle finger which requires a cast. His play has been affected and he was switched with Ryan Kerrigan to make it easier to use his non-injured hand. The team could be bringing in another player at linebacker or filling the spot to get depth at other injured areas. The Redskins have one LB on the practice squad, rookie Jackson Jeffcoat.
The Redskins are very short-handed this week at the tight end position with Jordan Reed probably out of the Seattle game with a bad hamstring injury that has kept him sidelined for several weeks. Also, his replacement Niles Paul suffered a bad concussion on Thursday night, and was forced to leave the game after being down on the field for a short time. Coach Gruden has mentioned possibly bringing up rookie TE Ted Bosler from the practice squad, and this move makes that possible.
Trenton Robinson has a high ankle sprain which will keep him off the field for a few weeks. This leaves 3 safeties on the roster(Clark, Meriweather, Davis) and Akeem Davis is very raw at the position and has been used mainly on special teams. Phillip Thomas could be called up to the 53-man roster to provide depth if his foot injury is healed.
The team should be making an official announcement soon, and they also have two open positions to fill. Expect to hear about signings or player workouts over the next several days.
#Redskins waived OLB Gabe Miller, according to his agent, @TesslerSports.— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) September 27, 2014
The Redskins are looking to improve special teams, but other positions are still possible.
Redskins cut Gabe Miller w plans of adding a better special teams contributor, source says.— Mike Jones (@MikeJonesWaPo) September 27, 2014
[UPDATE: 9/27/2014 4:05PM] The Redskins officially announced that Gabe Miller and Robert Thomas have been waived by the team.
Rookie defensive lineman Robert Thomas was signed to the Redskins 53-man roster on Thursday before the Giants game. He was not active for the game. Thomas and Miller both have practice squad eligibility this year and could be re-signed. The Redskins now have two open spots on their main roster and two spots open on the practice squad. The Redskins next game is Monday, October 6th at home against the Seahawks.
NEWS: The #Redskins announced today that they have waived LB Gabe Miller and DL Robert Thomas.— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) September 27, 2014