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Redskins shuffle the roster ahead of Sunday’s game [UPDATED]

Injury to Nick Sundberg forces extra decision-making on the roster

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Long Snapper

This week, long snapper Nick Sundberg has had trouble with his back, and today that was part of what the Redskins coaching staff was trying to deal with in making the latest round of roster moves.

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The team signed Andrew East as a fill-in for Sundberg. East has been with at least 6 NFL teams since going undrafted in 2015, but this will be his first appearance in an NFL regular season game.

I earlier wrote that the Redskins apparently wanted to keep Sundberg on the roster. That was an error. Sundberg has been placed on IR.

Kapri Bibbs

Bibbs was waived today.

Bibbs was with the Denver Broncos from 2014 to 2016, but really only saw action for the team in his third season, when he got 29 carries for 129 yards.

In 2017, he was on the Broncos practice squad when the Redskins reached out and signed him to the Washington 53-man roster.

In about a season’s worth of time with the Redskins, Bibbs has been a part-time player, sometimes injured and sometimes inactive. In 13 games across 2 seasons he has gotten 41 carries for 180 yards and 3 touchdowns, along with 27 receptions for 230 yards and 2 more touchdowns.

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For a player who seems to be both dynamic and productive, the Redskins coaches haven’t shown much faith in Bibbs, often drawing criticism from fans.

When Byron Marshall recently returned from IR and was active on gameday while Bibbs was inactive, perhaps the writing was on the wall. Given that Samaje Perine has 5 carries for 25 yards this season, and seems not to enjoy the confidence of the coaches, it’s hard to see what the longer-term strategy is for the Redskins at the running back position. It’s almost as if there’s a disconnect between the coaching staff and the personnel people. Strange.

The move with Bibbs could be temporary. It’s possible that he’ll be re-signed as soon as there is a roster opening, but, as we saw this week with Simmie Cobbs, it can’t be assumed that other teams won’t notice when good players are available to be signed.

Simmie Cobbs

Earlier in the week, Jay Gruden had indicated that the team was considering promoting wide receiver Cobbs from the Practice Squad to the regular roster, and said that the decision would be made on Thursday or Friday. That timetable got pushed when the Saints offered Cobbs a spot on their regular roster. It has been reported that the Redskins then offered Cobbs a roster spot with the Redskins immediately, but that Cobbs chose to sign with the Saints.

Tight End

With injuries at the tight end position, the Redskins spent the week evaluating two practice squad tight ends, Matt Flanagan and JP Holtz.

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Today, the Redskins promoted Flanagan, who doubles as a fullback, leaving Holtz on the practice squad.

Defense

Having made one move on special teams and one on offense, the Redskins also made a move on defense, promoting defensive back Joshua Holsey, who had spent much of the year on the non-football related injury list after dropping a table on his foot in the offseason, from the practice squad, where he had been since his activation from NFI.

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To make room for Holsey, in addition to Kapri Bibbs, the Redskins waived defensive end Marcus Smith, a former Eagle who had just been signed to the Redskins on December 4th.