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Redskins add depth to offensive line, sign Sean Locklear, Donovan Raiola

- The Washington Times - Friday, August 5, 2011

The Washington Redskins added some depth to their offensive line by finalizing contracts with free agent right tackle Sean Locklear and interior lineman Donovan Raiola on Friday. Both players attended the afternoon's walkthrough and observed.

Locklear, 30, started 15 games for the Seattle Seahawks last season. He has been a full-time starter since 2005, but he is expected to fill the backup role of swing tackle for the Redskins. He becomes the only veteran backup tackle on the roster.

Locklear is widely regarded as a good pass blocker.

"I'm just glad to be on a team," he said. "I'll let them figure out where they want to place me and we'll go from there."

Raiola, 28, has played in one NFL game, and it took place last season for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His older brother, Dominic, has been the Detroit Lions' starting center since 2002.

Notes: Receiver Malcolm Kelly (right foot), tight end Chris Cooley (knee) and Brandon Banks (left knee) did not participate in Friday morning's full practice. Outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan (right knee) sat out team drills. ...

The Redskins are not expected to immediately sign free agent linebacker Lofa Tatupu, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The team's decision to bring back inside linebacker Rocky McIntosh precludes acquiring Tatupu, the source said. ...

The Redskins are hosting Fan Appreciation Day on Saturday. Redskins Park gates open to fans at 9:30 a.m., and a 90-minute practice is scheduled to begin at noon.

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