“He was unable to play,” coach Mike Shanahan said. “His hip was sore, both his right and left hip. He tried to give everything he had. He just didn’t have the ability to work through it.”
The move was expected after Brown, 31, suffered a setback in his return from left hip ligament surgery. He returned to practice Nov. 12 but lasted only two days.Brown has never been fully healthy since tearing the labrum in his left hip in 2009. Now, his future with the Redskins is in major doubt.
He signed a five-year, $27.5 million contract before the 2011 season. $3.3 million in bonus money still impacts the Redskins salary cap.
All of that would count against Washington’s 2013 salary cap if they released him before June 1, 2013. If the Redskins waited until after that, only $1.1 million would count against the penalty-reduced 2013 cap, and $2.2 would be deferred until 2014.
Shanahan wouldn’t say anything definitive about Brown’s future.
“I will let some time go by first,” he said. “It’s hard to say right now, but obviously it’s not a good sign when he is working pretty hard and all of a sudden it acts up. So we will give it some time sand probably won’t let you know for a while.”
• Linebacker London Fletcher (sprained left ankle) did not practice Wednesday, but he is expected to play Monday night. Receiver Pierre Garcon (sprained right foot) participated in all of practice, but he isn’t fully healthy.
• The Redskins put in a waiver claim on defensive end Jason Babin, a source confirmed. Babin, however, was awarded to Jacksonville. Philadelphia released Babin on Tuesday. He had 5.5 sacks for the Eagles this season. Jacksonville must pay the remaining $1.69 million owed him this season.
• Washington claimed inside linebacker Bryan Kehl off waivers from Kansas City. He was one of the Redskins’ most active defensive reserves during the preseason but did not make the team.