An ex-Terp bites the dust

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The Redskins were already down to the 75-man roster limit for this week, but with Jason Goode still bothered by turf toe, they placed the former Maryland tight end on the waived/injured list and re-signed linebacker Danny Verdun-Wheeler, who finished last year on the practice squad and had been cut earlier this month.


Goode’s final NFL play, if he never resurfaces, was a highlight for any long shot. He had the 33-yard touchdown catch with just 69 seconds left that beat the Jets on Aug. 16 in Brett Favre’s New York debut. With veterans Chris Cooley and Todd Yoder and second-round pick Fred Davis ahead of him, Goode wasn’t going to make the team even if healthy. The practice squad is still a possibility.


Verdun-Wheeler has little chance of sticking unless he has a huge game in Thursday’s preseason finale against Jacksonville, but he joins the mix for a possible sixth and final linebacker spot behind starters Marcus Washington, London Fletcher and Rocky McIntosh, special teams ace Khary Campbell and 2007 draft pcik H.B. Blades. Competing with Verdun-Wheeler are former Saint and Lion ALfred Fincher — who has a bad hamstring — ex-Terp David Holloway — who arrived just last week — and rookie free agent Curtis Gatewood.


All this means that if the Redskins keep six linebackers, No. 6 could be on someone’s else roster right now.


— David Elfin

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David Elfin

David Elfin

David Elfin has been following Washington-area sports teams since the late 1960s. David began his journalism career at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, the University of Pennsylvania (B.A., history) and Syracuse University (M.S., telecommunications). He wrote for the Bulletin (Philadelphia), the Post-Standard (Syracuse) and The Washington Post before coming to The Washington Times in 1986. He has covered colleges, the Orioles ...

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