UPDATE: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has been place on IR
The Redskins signed LB Noah Spence and placed CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie on the reserve/injured list.— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) September 18, 2019
Redskins placing Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie on IR. Tore ligament in ankle, per source.— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) September 18, 2019
OLB Noah Spence here.
The Redskins will reportedly be adding a new OLB today when they sign Noah Spence. He had a workout for the team last week, but left without a contract. Spence (6'2", 251 lbs, 25 years old) was a 2nd round pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2016.
Spence is a former five-star high school recruit who was a rising star at Ohio State -- a first-team All-Big 10 selection as a sophomore in 2013 -- before running into trouble for failed drug tests and getting banned permanently from the conference. Spence admitted that his two failed drug tests were due to ecstasy use and he checked in to rehab in order to seek help. Although he was eligible for the 2015 Draft, Spence decided to transfer to FCS school Eastern Kentucky in order to redeem himself in the eyes of scouts, proving that he matured both physically and mentally. His decision paid off, because in 2015 he dominated the Ohio Valley conference with 13.5 sacks and 22.5 tackles for loss.
Spence started 3 games as a rookie, recording 5.5 sacks, 22 tackles, 2 passes defended, and 3 forced fumbles. He dealt with a shoulder injury in 2017, and then barely played last year. Spence was released at roster cutdowns this year and has been a free agent the last two weeks.
The Redskins currently have 4 OLBs on the roster, but only have two sacks from the group through the first two games. The team will need to make a corresponding roster move to make room for Spence.
Source tells me that the Redskins are planning to sign former Bucs outside linebacker Noah Spence tomorrow. Spence worked out for them last week. He also worked out for the Bears today, along with the Bills two weeks ago.— JennaLaineESPN (@JennaLaineESPN) September 18, 2019