Brandon Banks was made inactive for the Washington Redskins’ Week 14 game against the Baltimore Ravens, removing the oft-criticized but potentially dangerous kick and punt returner from the equation.
Banks, who at 5-foot-7 was used at wide receiver at some points this season for extra looks on offense, has generally just been a special teamer. He does not have a kickoff or punt return touchdown.
Banks said a few weeks ago that his hip was bothering him enough that he would require surgery at the end of the season.
Tight end Niles Paul is expected to handle kickoffs in Banks’ place; cornerback Richard Crawford could be called on to return punts.
The Redskins are without Cedric Griffin, who is serving the first of his four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy. He was replaced on the roster by tackle Tom Compton. D.J. Johnson, not Crawford, is likely to get the chance to be the Redskins’ third cornerback.
Also inactive for the Redskins were quarterback Rex Grossman, Compton, guards Adam Gettis and Josh LeRibeus, receiver Dez Briscoe and linebacker Roddrick Muckelroy.