Former Patriots LB Rufus Johnson is signing to Redskins practice squad, according to agent @seanstellato.— Mike Jones (@MikeJonesWaPo) December 28, 2016
The Redskins are signing LB/DE Rufus Johnson(6’5”, 272 lbs) to the practice squad. Johnson was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the 6th round in 2013 from Tarleton State. Johnson was on the Saints practice squad for the 2013 season. He was signed to the 53-man roster for the Saints playoff run, but was not active for the game. Johnson didn’t make the team the following year, and was not on a team for the 2014 season.
Johnson was signed to the New England Patriots on a reserve/futures contract for the 2015 season, and made the team’s roster. He was active for one game, and recorded one tackle in his NFL career that season. His season ended after an illness put him on the Reserve/Non Football Illness list. Johnson made the Patriots practice squad this season, but only lasted a few days before being released.
The Redskins had one spot open on their practice squad after signing CB Dashaun Phillips from the practice squad earlier in the week. His spot was taken by LB/TE Lynden Trail, but he was also signed to the 53-man roster a day later. The Redskins continue to churn the bottom of the roster, and review prospects or reserve/futures deals for next year.
In other roster notes, the NFL reinstated RB Silas Redd yesterday from his indefinite suspension for violating the league’s Substances of Abuse Policy. The Redskins released Redd, making him a free agent. Washington could also be looking to sign a safety this week with the injuries in the secondary.
Redskins waived RB Silas Redd today, per NFL. Was suspended indefinitely for violating NFL' substance abuse policy in April.— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) December 27, 2016