The Washington Times - October 23, 2013, 02:21PM

Jordan Pugh had a surreal experience last week. Cut by the Redskins on Tuesday, the safety flew back home to his native Dallas and watched his former team play the Chicago Bears on television.

Two days later he was back and on Wednesday made it official, re-signing with Washington as insurance after safety Brandon Meriweather was suspended two games this week by the NFL for repeatedly violating its rule against hits to the head and neck of defenseless players.


With safety Reed Doughty also dealing with a concussion, the Redskins had to take advantage of the extra roster spot opened by Meriweather’s absence. Pugh made the most sense. He played here in 2012 and made the team again out of training camp.

Pugh was active for three games and inactive against Green Bay on Sept. 15 and Dallas on Oct. 13. He was released the next day and replaced on the roster by Trenton Robinson, a safety and special teams player. The coaches tried to say that Pugh could be back. Injuries change things in an instant.

“Well they said it was a possibility. But in the league it’s always a possibility,” Pugh said. “You never know. So when I got the call [to return] I wasn’t surprised, but I was surprised at the same time.”

Pugh did some work for his dad around the house in Dallas and got to see his sister, who was in town for a previously planned visit home. He worked out to stay in shape. But it was a bittersweet visit.

“At the same time, of course, you want to be playing,” Pugh said. “You want to be out there on the field with your team. It had its highs and lows being at home.”

No word on what Pugh’s role will be this week. Washington has used cornerbacks at safety at various points this season, including E.J. Biggers and Josh Wilson. Some of that depends on Doughty’s status and that’s up in the air. Bacarri Rambo should get back into the lineup and Jose Gumbs and Robinson are both available, too, at safety. But Pugh is ready – even if that means just a special teams role. And if Meriweather’s suspension is reduced to one game or just a fine, it’s possible Pugh’s stay will again be short lived. He’s okay with that.

“When you get cut, scenarios always run over in your mind, but you have to understand that you have to play your game,” Pugh said. “A lot of it is not based on ability, which guys have to understand. But the situation runs in your mind – ‘What could I have done? Did I do something wrong here or there?’ It’s just part of how things work. I’m a believer that everything happens for a reason, and there’s a reason that I’m back here now.”