Redskins release kicker Neil Rackers, leaving Graham Gano as winner

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But the decision was made, and while that filled Gano with some sadness after getting to know Rackers and his family, this was a weight off him.

“Definitely some relief. You’re competing for a job with a guy like Neil, he’s a great guy,” he said. “To be able to come through and win this job, I’m very excited about it. I think we have a great team here and we can do a lot of good things this year. To have that opportunity is definitely exciting.”

Barnes dealt to Lions

The Redskins traded veteran cornerback Kevin Barnes to the Detroit Lions for an undisclosed conditional draft pick in their effort to reduce their roster from 90 to 75 in order to meet NFL guidelines. Washington initially informed Barnes he was being released, but Detroit consummated a deal.

“Here’s a football team that needs a corner; here’s a third-round draft pick that’s got some great speed,” coach Mike Shanahan said. “A little bit different scheme. We got a couple teams talking to us, and all of a sudden somebody will give you an undisclosed draft choice with a chance if he makes the team for you get something in return. It’s a win-win situation for both teams.

Said Barnes: “I’m excited to get another shot to succeed for an up-and-coming young team. I’m just happy they wanted me.”

The Redskins last season soured on Barnes, who was drafted in the third round in 2009 by the previous regime led by front office chief Vinny Cerrato. The team abandoned using Barnes as a slot cornerback this offseason, the first sign he had fallen out of favor.

The Redskins signed veteran cornerback Cedric Griffin in the offseason, and seventh-round rookie Richard Crawford has impressed during training camp and the preseason.

Crawford played as the fourth cornerback late in the first half against Indianapolis on Saturday. Terrapins alum Josh Wilson and DeAngelo Hall are Washington’s top two cornerbacks. Hall replaced Barnes as the slot corner, with Griffin playing the outside in multireceiver sets.

Barnes spent parts of the past three season with the Redskins, starting three of the 29 games he appeared in. He had two interceptions and 26 tackles in 2011.

Brown has surgery

The Redskins placed right tackle Jammal Brown on the reserve/physically-unable-to-perform list Monday after he had another surgery on his ailing left hip. Brown must sit out the first six games of the season before a three-week window during which he could be activated.

“It has bothered him for a while, so you’re keeping your fingers crossed that this surgery is going to help him,” Shanahan said. “They think that they found something that will alleviate a lot of the pain.”

Tyler Polumbus will start the season at right tackle, Shanahan said

Roster reduced to 75

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