The Washington Football Team has made several roster moves since losing to the New York Giants on Sunday. The latest move brings a sliver of hope for a franchise that desperately needs it. Bryce Love will return to practice today after being placed on IR for knee swelling on October 2nd. He was drafted in the 4th round last year, but still hasn’t made his NFL debut after tearing his ACL on the final play of college career at Stanford. Love has had two surgeries, since the initial injury. One to fix the ACL, and then a cleanup procedure last year.
Bryce Love was a dynamic RB in college, and that is why Washington rolled the dice on his injury last year. Reports from this year’s limited training camp weren’t optimistic about him returning at the beginning of the season. He didn’t seem ready, and that was confirmed when the team decided to place him on injured reserve. There haven’t been any changes at RB since Love went out, so he would start at the bottom of the depth chart again if he is activated from IR.
Love, who dealt with some swelling in his knee, has been on Injured Reserve since Oct. 2. The team now has 21 days to decide whether to activate him or keep him on IR the rest of the season. https://t.co/CkD5UBYmS5— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) November 11, 2020
Washington protected the maximum of four players from the practice squad, and QB Steven Montez made his first appearance on the list. Kyle Allen will reportedly have surgery on his dislocated ankle and will miss the rest of the season. Washington hasn’t placed him on IR yet, but they are making moves to secure their #3 QB. Dwayne Haskins Jr. will move from the inactive list as the #3 QB, but John Keim says he still has to earn his place...
Washington protected four players on the practice squad, per the transaction wire. Interesting group:— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) November 10, 2020
DT Devaroe Lawrence
C Ross Pierschbacher
K Kaare Vedvik
QB Steven Montez
But this really is all up to DH. If he shows what they want -- and they'll start to see today in practice -- this is a moot point. But no one should assume anything in this situation; it is not a given he'd have the job if AS can't play.`— John Keim (@john_keim) November 11, 2020
Washington also swapped bottom of the roster WRs this week. Jeff Badet was elevated from the practice squad for his second straight game, which is the limit for this COVID-19 season. Badet played 13 snaps on offense vs the Giants while Tony Brown was inactive. Now Brown is headed back to the practice squad, and Badet has a spot on the main roster for now.
Washington officially announces signing of WR Jeff Badet and release of WR Tony Brown pic.twitter.com/JCPfQjlRAT— Rhiannon Walker (@InstantRHIplay) November 9, 2020
We have signed WR Tony Brown to the practice squad. pic.twitter.com/C35Ff8CFok— Washington Football Team (@WashingtonNFL) November 11, 2020
Angry Orchard is no longer in the building. Nate Orchard was released last week to make room for Steven Sims Jr. who was returning from injured reserve. He was claimed on waivers by the Houston Texans. Washington also lost DE Jordan Brailford earlier this year when the Vikings claimed him.