The Washington Times - June 12, 2009, 12:44PM

Receiver James Thrash was released by the Redskins today after he failed a physical due to a neck injury that kept him out of the team’s offseason activities.

Thrash served two stints with the Redskins. He made the team as a college free agent in 1997 and played for Washington until 2000. After three years with Philadelphia, he returned to the Redskins via trade in 2004.


In 12 NFL seasons, he played in 165 games, totaling 290 catches for 3,646 yards and 22 touchdowns.

Thrash, who served as a No.4 receiver and special teams regular last year, opens the door for more playing time for second-year players Devin Thomas and Malcolm Kelly, plus Marques Hagans and rookie Marko Mitchell.

In a statement released by the team, owner Dan Snyder said: “It has been a great honor to get to know James and his family. James is a tremendous person who has been a great ambassador for the Redskins in our community.  He has produced nine outstanding seasons for our team.  It is our hope that he will continue a long-term relationship with our organization.”

Thrash and coach Jim Zorn met Thursday before the team’s final OTA. Afterward, Zorn said Thrash’s injury had not improved.

Said Zorn in a statement today: “I talked with James and we agreed that this was the best way to proceed. James can focus on getting healthy and we can move forward.  James is a true Redskin and a fan favorite.  He was [a] great player, teammate and team leader.  Though we had to make this decision, we are confident that James will be involved in some capacity within the Redskins organization.”