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Redskins Sign LB Nico Johnson to Practice Squad

The Redskins had a spot to fill after signing Terrance Plummer to the 53-man roster

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The Redskins have signed another ILB to replace Terrance Plummer on the practice squad. Nico Johnson(6'2", 249 lbs) played college football at Alabama, and was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 4th round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He played in 6 games, starting 1 during his rookie season. He was released before the 2014 season and signed to the Chiefs practice squad. They Cincinnati Bengals signed him during the season, and he was active for 11 games, starting 2 games.

The Redskins are currently very thin at inside linebacker following season-ending injuries to special teams captain Adam Hayward and rookie Martrell Spaight.  Perry Riley, Jr. was out this week due to a calf injury suffered in last week's Rams game.  Will Compton got the start opposite Keenan Robinson, and Terrance Plummer was the backup to both of them.  Jay Gruden mentioned that OLB Trent Murphy could help if the depth was tested further, but that is far from ideal.  The Redskins should get Riley back this week to help with depth, but Plummer was a disaster on special teams yesterday, allowing Rashad Jennings to block a punt after getting beat on two consecutive attempts.

In other roster news, FB Jordan Campbell was released from the team's injured reserve with a settlement.