The Washington Football Team is opening up for business after the most unusual offseason in history. Players are reporting to team headquarters to take physicals, sign contracts, and get tested for COVID-19 in order to participate in this year's version of training camp.
The team is likely trying to get down to the new limit of 80 players for training camp(unless they want to do the split roster with 90 players option). The released/waived two players yesterday. WR Emanuel Hall tore his Achilles working out on his own and was waived/injured. OL Jeremy Vujnovich was signed to a 1-year deal and was trying to come back from a bad hamstring injury, but that won't happen in Washington.
Washington Football Team releases G Jeremy Vujnovich and waives WR Emanuel Hall.https://t.co/yjjwBZ0W0i— Washington Football Team (@WashingtonNFL) July 26, 2020
Earlier today it was announced that WR Cody Latimer has been placed on the NFL Commissioner's Exempt List. Latimer was has 8 charges, including 4 felonies, from an incident involving a firearm this summer.
Update on Washington WR Cody Latimer, who was charged with multiple felonies this summer. pic.twitter.com/K9yfZyn1gF— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) July 27, 2020
Latimer is facing eight charges (four of them felonies) stemming from his arrest in May. He has a virtual hearing in Douglas County (Colo.) Court on Aug. 20.https://t.co/o2aVNi33vx— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) July 27, 2020
It was also reported earlier today that Alex Smith was taking his physical and would likely be placed on the active/PUP list to start training camp. Smith passed his physical and was officially placed on that list along with LB Reuben Foster, who tore his ACL/MCL/LCL(along with nerve damage), during mini-camp last year. Foster has been shown working out in several videos this year, but has to be cleared for full practice before he can even be considered an option for this season. The team declined his 5th-year option, which will make him a free agent after the season if he can't play.
The final move that was made official today was placing WR Kelvin Harmon on the Active/NFI list. He tore his ACL working out on his own due to COVID-19 restrictions. The 2nd-year receiver was poised to command a bigger role in Washington's offense this season, but will now have to wait until next year.
Roster Updates— Washington Football Team (@WashingtonNFL) July 27, 2020
Washington DE Caleb Brantley also became the first NFL player to opt out of the 2020 season using the "high risk" designation. He gets a $350,000 stipend for the year. Brantley suffered a "mild" Lisfranc foot injury in training camp that was reaggravated in Week 1. He was placed on IR, and re-signed to a 1-year deal.
Washington DE Caleb Brantley is the first NFL player to take the "high risk" opt out, per the transaction wire.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 27, 2020
Brantley, who played in one game last season, gets a $350,000 stipend with no offset and an accrued/credited season. His contract tolls.