- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Washington’s recent rash of injuries forced the Redskins to make multiple player moves yesterday.

The Redskins waived linebacker Chris Clemons — a backup the past two seasons — and running back Kerry Carter, who both injured knees in Sunday’s 19-3 preseason loss at Cincinnati. Safety Dennard Wilson and defensive tackle Manaia Brown were cut last week after being injured.

Offensive tackle Jim Molinaro, who had knee surgery last week, managed to stick around, but he and key starters Clinton Portis and Shawn Springs all could miss the Sept. 11 opener against Minnesota.

To replace Clemons, the Redskins signed veteran linebacker Jeff Posey, who was cut by Buffalo on Aug. 7. With reserve offensive tackles Molinaro, Jon Alston and Chris Pino hurt, Washington added journeyman offensive tackle Spencer Folau.

The Redskins re-signed former Northern Illinois running back A.J. Harris, who had been in rookie minicamp in May. Washington also cut safety Ben Emanuel, who had been signed last Wednesday.

The 6-foot-4, 241-pound Posey started 76 games the past eight years for four teams. Posey, who turned 31 on Monday, began his career as a defensive end with San Francisco in 1998. He played under Redskins assistants Gregg Williams, Jerry Gray and Danny Smith in Buffalo in 2003. Posey received a $40,000 signing bonus.

“It was a shock, but nothing should shock me by now,” Posey said of being cut.

Posey’s agent, Tony Agnone, also had talked to New Orleans and the New York Jets, but called signing with Washington a no-brainer.

“I knew they ran the same type of scheme I was in in Buffalo and I knew the coaches, so I felt I could come in and help this team,” Posey said. “You get to blitz a lot. That makes it fun.”

Posey said he’s most comfortable on the strong side, where he would back up 2004 Pro Bowl pick Marcus Washington.

“There are a lot of things pressure-wise that we can do with Jeff, and it gives us another package that we know we can [use],” said Gray, Posey’s defensive coordinator the past two seasons.

Offensive line coach Joe Bugel likes the versatility of Folau, who has started at every position except center during his eight seasons with Baltimore, Miami and New Orleans. Folau, 33, sat out last year after being cut by the Saints while recovering from surgery on his right shoulder. He had a second operation in October and needs to get in shape. He worked out for the Redskins on Friday.

“I was going to work out for Green Bay today, but the Redskins made me a good offer, and now I’m here,” said the 6-foot-5 Folau, who plays at 310 pounds and is most comfortable at right tackle, where he will back up Jon Jansen. “They know I have to work on my conditioning, so I’m going to gradually work my way into it. They said I’ll play a few plays on Saturday [against the New York Jets], but I doubt it.”

Running backs coach Earnest Byner said the speedy Harris gives Washington “some fresh legs.” In other words, the 6-1, 230-pound rookie is a camp body.

Lefotu returns

Seventh-round draft pick Kili Lefotu was happy to be back on the field yesterday, four days after being released from Virginia Hospital Center with the still-unknown condition that caused him to pass out in his dorm room a week ago tonight.

“It was a long week, being in the hospital and not being on the field,” Lefotu said. “I don’t remember much. I lay my head down with a little headache, and the next thing I knew, I woke up in the hospital. I had jitters the first couple of plays because I hadn’t been out for a week. I was a little rusty, but I’m just glad to be out there. I wouldn’t say I’m 100 percent, maybe 85-90 percent.”

Lefotu said he started feeling better when his mother arrived Friday and told him he had nothing to worry about.

“I’m a mama’s boy,” he said with a smile.

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