(Updated 8:04 p.m.)
The Redskins are working Friday to reduce their active roster to 53 from 75 by the NFL’s 9 p.m. deadline.
Brandon Banks and Aldrick Robinson are expected to survive final cuts as winners of the team’s intense wide receiver competition, with Dezmon Briscoe’s fate still unknown.
Banks made a successful push with 156 all-purpose yards on only seven touches in the preaseason finale, a source with knowledge of the situation said. Coach Mike Shanahan said during the summer that Banks needed to make the team as a receiver.
Robinson, a sixth-round pick in 2011, has been assured he will make the team, he said via text message. His 49-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown in the second preseason game against Chicago impressed Shanahan. After spending all but one week of his rookie season on the practice squad, he demonstrated this summer an fallibility to effectively run a variety of routes, not just vertical routes designed to exploit his exceptional speed.
Anthony Armstrong tweeted Friday night that his time as a Redskin has ended. However, it was not known whether he was waived or traded. The Redskins have explored with the Miami Dolphins a trade that could include Armstrong and Dolphins running back Steve Slaton, a source with knowledge of the situation confirmed. Slaton played for Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan in Houston.
Slaton could end up with a roster spot because the Redskins intend to release running back Tim Hightower, 106.7 The Fan reported. Hightower’s surgically-repaired left knee became sore after he played against Indianapolis last Saturday.
In order for Hightower to be a candidate for the new injured reserve rule, he would have to be placed on injured reserve on Sept. 4; meaning he would have to count against the 53 at Friday night’s deadline.
Seventh-round rookie safety Jordan Bernstine has been informed he made the 53-man roster, a source with knowledge of the situation confirmed. Bernstine had an interception in the Redskins’ preseason finale, and he showed promise on special teams. Washington is planning to keep a large number of safeties, a source said.
Bernstine’s inclusion in the final roster helps fortify the safety position in light of free safety Tanard Jackson’s indefinite suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
The offensive line came into focus Friday morning. The Redskins informed fifth-round rookie RG Adam Gettis he made the 53-man roster, Gettis said via text message.
Meanwhile, the Redskins informed sixth-round OT Tom Compton, second-year OT Willie Smith and undrafted interior OL Grant Garner they plan to release them, sources with knowledge of the situation said.
Smith appears headed to the practice squad if he clears waivers. Whether Compton will continue with the team on the practice squad is uncertain.
OT Jordan Black was optimistic that he has made the final 53-man roster. While the Redskins informed other offensive linemen of their release, he heard nothing.
“I’m still in the building…whatever that means,” he wrote in a text message.
The Redskins plan to release DL Doug Worthington, but there’s a strong chance he re-signs to the practice squad, a source with knowledge of the situation said. Worthington spent the first 15 weeks of 2011 on the Redskins’ practice squad. He was promoted for the final two games but was inactive.
The Redskins plan to release veteran cornerback David Jones, a source with knowledge of the situation said. Given media reports of Brandyn Thompson and Travon Bellamy’s release, that would leave the Redskins with only four cornerbacks.
The following is a running list of players who have been informed the Redskins plan to waive or release them. The list is compiled from sources with knowledge of the situation, players’ tweets and other media reports. Media outlets whose reports contributed to this list include ESPN980, 106.7 The Fan, the Washington Post, the Washington Examiner and The Free Lance-Star.
The list includes 22 players, which equals the number necessary to get down to 53 players.
(Updated 8:04 p.m.)
WR Anthony Armstrong (released or traded)
WR Terrence Austin
FB Dorson Boyce
OT Tom Compton
C/G Erik Cook
QB Jonathan Crompton
RB Tristan Davis
C/G Grant Garner
RB Tim Hightower
TE Richard Quinn
OT Willie Smith
CB Travon Bellamy
NT Marlon Favorite
ILB D.J. Holt
FS Tanard Jackson (released or reserve/suspended list)
NT Delvin Johnson
CB David Jones
ILB Bryan Kehl (released or traded)
LB Brian McNally
DL Darrion Scott
CB Brandyn Thompson
DL Doug Worthington