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Washington Roster Moves: Kicker Brett Maher added to the practice squad, 4 players added to the “protected list”

New kicker added

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The Washington Football Team made a few minor moves today. The 2020 COVID-19 practice squad rules allow for teams to have 16 players, add up to 6 veterans, and also protect up to 4 players from being poached. Washington used the opportunity to officially protect players in the first week of the season — wide receiver Cam Sims, offensive linemen Joshua Garnett, and safety Jeremy Reaves all made the list — but for some reason the team only protected three players this week(Update: K Brett Maher is the fourth protected player).

Washington has added former Dallas Cowboys K Brett Maher to their 17-man practice squad. As John Keim noted, Washington doesn’t need a kicker right now, Dustin Hopkins is healthy and the clear starter. With current COVID-19 protocols, having a kicker available to elevate from this year’s expanded practice squad could be a good idea, and save All-Pro Tress Way from extra work(Ron Rivera said Maher will also serve as a backup for Tress Way). Maher is the 17th member of the practice squad, so they are full...for now.