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The 5 O’Clock Club: The Redskins have gotten no real value for mid-season returns of players from IR & PUP

It’s 5 o’clock somewhere…

NFL: Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The 5 o’clock club is published Wednesday to Saturday during the season, and aims to provide a forum for reader-driven discussion at a time of day when there isn’t much NFL news being published. Feel free to introduce topics that interest you in the comments below.

“Designated to return”

A team can send an almost unlimited number of players to IR, but league rules limit each team to a maximum of two players who can return from IR in a season.

This season the Redskins brought back their two players.

Trey Quinn

The first was Trey Quinn.

NFL: Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Quinn was good for 26 yards and a TD against the Cowboys, but was re-injured, did not play against the Eagles, and is now back on IR — his season is over. His “irrelevant” rookie season ended with 9 receptions, 75 yards and a TD, along with one rush for ‘zero’ yards.

Byron Marshall

NFL: Washington Redskins at New England Patriots Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

After being injured in pre-season, Byron Marshall was re-activated ahead of the Week 11 game against Houston. His output in the 4 weeks since his return has been very limited.

  • 3 rushes for 9 yards
  • 3 receptions for 13 yards


Stacy McGee

McGee wasn’t on IR; he was on the PUP list, which means he was already injured at the start of training camp, and remained injured when the regular season started and had not practiced at all at that point.

Because he was on PUP rather than IR, McGee was able to come back to the roster, as he didn’t count against the 2-player limit.

Here’s what James Dorsett said about Stacy McGee in this week’s Stats & Snaps article:

McGee was the biggest beneficiary of Ioannidis’ injury, as the sixth-year interior lineman logged his highest snap total (28) since Week 14 of last season.

Predictably, he didn’t do much with the opportunity. McGee failed to register a pressure on his ten rushes and made 2 tackles in the running game. His pair of stops came on gains of 1 and 2 yards and represented a new season high.

McGee has only registered 4 tackles and a single pressure (a hurry) on his 90 snaps and 40 pass rushes this season.


Josh Holsey

Josh Holsey dropped a table on his foot in the offseason and was placed on the Reserve/Non-Football Related Injury list, so — like Stacy McGee — he was eligible to return to the roster.

Holsey was activated in mid-November, then waived the following day. He was replaced by Casey Dunn, who was placed on the Injured/Practice Squad list yesterday. To the best of my knowledge, Holsey is not currently on an NFL roster.


Which of the following players currently on IR will have the biggest impact on the Redskins offense in 2019?

This poll is closed

  • 3%
    Arie Kouandjio
    (17 votes)
  • 33%
    Paul Richardson
    (177 votes)
  • 0%
    Rob Kelley
    (4 votes)
  • 4%
    Robert Davis
    (22 votes)
  • 2%
    Shawn Lauvao
    (12 votes)
  • 29%
    Trey Quinn
    (155 votes)
  • 22%
    Cam Sims
    (118 votes)
  • 4%
    Jonathan Cooper
    (25 votes)
530 votes total Vote Now


Which of the following players currently on IR will have the biggest impact on the Redskins defense in 2019?

This poll is closed

  • 5%
    Troy Apke - S
    (27 votes)
  • 4%
    Cassanova McKinzey - OLB
    (21 votes)
  • 89%
    Quinton Dunbar - CB
    (425 votes)
473 votes total Vote Now