The Washington Redskins signed safety Trenton Robinson, long snapper Kyle Nelson and linebacker Josh Hull on Tuesday while also releasing free safety Jordan Pugh.
The Redskins lost two players to season-ending injuries in Sunday’s 31-16 defeat at Dallas. Long snapper Nick Sundberg, who has held that position since 2010, tore the meniscus in his right knee while covering a punt in the third quarter. Reserve linebacker Bryan Kehl, also a key player on special teams, tore the ACL in his left knee while covering a kickoff in the second quarter. Both Sundberg and Kehl were placed on injured reserve on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Robinson replaces Pugh, a third-year pro who made the team out of training camp in 2012. Pugh, 25, appeared in three games this season, but was inactive against Dallas. He was originally a sixth-round draft pick by the Carolina Panthers in 2010.
Robinson, 23, spent the first five weeks of the season on the Philadelphia Eagles’ practice squad. He was a former teammate of Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins at Michigan State and a team captain there.
Robinson was a sixth-round draft by the San Francisco 49ers last season and appeared in three games for them last season. But he didn’t make the team out of training camp. Robinson was cut on Aug. 31 and signed with the Eagles three days later. Philadelphia released him on Oct. 8.
The Redskins still have Brandon Meriweather, Reed Doughty, Bacarri Rambo and Jose Gumbs at safety. Gumbs made his NFL debut on Sunday against the Cowboys. Rambo and Pugh were inactive.
Nelson, 27, was an undrafted free agent in 2011 out of New Mexico State, but has already spent time with six teams, most recently the Seattle Seahawks before being cut during training camp in late August. He was the long snapper for the San Diego Chargers for the final six games of 2012 before being claimed by San Francisco in the spring. Nelson never made it to training camp with the 49ers, however. He was cut in July.
Nelson earned his shot with the Chargers after Mike Windt, their long snapper, suffered a broken hand last November. One intriguing element: He was actually a tight end in college, too. Not that the Redskins need help at that position with Jordan Reed, Fred Davis, Logan Paulsen and Niles Paul there. But Nelson did catch 66 passes at New Mexico State for 559 yards and two touchdowns.
Hull, 26, replaces Kehl. He was among the final cuts in training camp by the St. Louis Rams this past summer. Hull was a two-year starter at middle linebacker for Penn State and was a seventh-round draft pick in 2010 by the Rams. He has played in 28 NFL games and started once last season for St. Louis.