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Washington Roster Moves: K Brian Johnson signed from Bears practice squad

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers v New Orleans Saints Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images

Update: Washington announces the moves

Ron Rivera was in the middle of his weekly day after presser with reporters when news broke that Washington will be signing former Virginia Tech kicker Brian Johnson from the Chicago Bears practice squad. Johnson was an UDFA who played in 4 games for the New Orleans Saints earlier this year. He was 8 of 8 on FGs and and 5 of 8 for XPs. The Bears added him to their practice squad after he was released by the Saints on November 19th. Johnson will step in to the job on a short week as Washington prepares to travel to Las Vegas for a critical game against the Raiders.

Washington had been on its third kicker, signing Joey Slye after the Chris Blewitt disaster. Slye had been doing a very good job, and the team had compiled a 3-0 record since signing him, with Slye going 6 for 6 on FGs and 5 for 6 on XPs. The only missed XP was the blocked kick from Monday night’s game that ended up getting him injured as he pursued the Seahawks defender who recovered the ball. Rivera said this morning that Slye would miss at least 3 weeks due to the hamstring injury, and the team was already searching for his replacement. The move hasn’t been announced yet, but Slye is expected to go on IR with Johnson being signed.