- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 3, 2006

Kedric Golston’s impressive 11-yard sack of Baltimore’s Kyle Boller on Thursday night might have cost Cedric Killings his job with the Washington Redskins.

Killings, who played in 10 games and started one at defensive tackle last season after being signed in December 2004 following stints with three other teams, was the only one of the 21 players cut by the Redskins last night to have started a game for Washington.

The 6-foot-4, 292-pound Golston, a sixth-round selection in April’s draft, was apparently deemed a suitable replacement for the 29-year-old Killings as a run-stopper while also offering youth, a cheaper salary and superior pass-rushing ability, although he had just 3 sacks in 44 games at Georgia.

Golston was joined on the 53-man roster by three other draft choices — linebacker Rocky McIntosh (second round), defensive tackle Anthony Montgomery (fifth) and safety Reed Doughty (sixth). Doughty survived despite last week’s signing of veteran safety Vernon Fox — who also made the team — and despite missing the Ravens’ game to be with his wife and new son, who was born six weeks premature. Guard Kili Lefotu, the seventh-rounder who missed three days of practice last month after being found unconscious in his dorm room, was cut. Fellow seventh-rounder Kevin Simon, an inside linebacker, was cut last week.

Besides Killings, the only players released who had suited up for the Redskins in a regular-season game were defensive end Nic Clemons (eight games in 2005), linebacker Robert McCune (five), receiver Jimmy Farris (four) and cornerback Christian Morton (one). Like Killings, all four were also active in the 2005 playoffs. McCune didn’t help his cause by missing the final two preseason games with an injured hamstring, nor did Clemons by missing the first two games with a knee injury.

Cornerback Julian Battle and offensive tackle Spencer Folau — two of seven veterans signed in August to fill injury voids — were the most experienced players cut besides Killings.

The departure of McCune, a fifth-rounder in 2005, and fullback Manuel White, a fourth-rounder who spent his rookie season on injured reserve, leaves only three members of that draft class on the roster: cornerback Carlos Rogers and quarterback Jason Campbell, both first-rounders, and fullback Nehemiah Broughton, the seventh-rounder.

White and McCune are eligible to be re-signed to the eight-man practice squad today. So are tight end Buck Ortega, who impressed as a downfield receiver in preseason (17.4 yard average on five catches) and fellow rookie free agent Mike Espy, who led the Redskins with 10 catches this summer. Linebacker Spencer Havner, defensive end Joe Sykes and guard Jasper Harvey are also rookie free agents who might be brought back.

Safety Curry Burns and receiver Steven Harris, who were on the 2005 practice squad, were let go but could also return. Former Kansas City receiver Richard Smith was also cut as were running back A.J. Harris, offensive tackle Chris Pino, defensive tackle Vaka Manupuna and cornerback John Eubanks, all rookie free agents.

Coach Joe Gibbs said on Friday that he could see the Redskins, who were 0-4 in preseason, signing a player or two off waivers.

As of last night, the offense had three quarterbacks (Mark Brunell, Todd Collins and Campbell), five receivers (Santana Moss, Brandon Lloyd, Antwaan Randle El, David Patten and James Thrash), two tight ends (Chris Cooley and Christian Fauria), six running backs (Clinton Portis, Mike Sellers, Ladell Betts, T.J. Duckett, Rock Cartwright and Broughton) and nine linemen (Chris Samuels, Derrick Dockery, Casey Rabach, Randy Thomas, Jon Jansen, Jim Molinaro, Mike Pucillo, Ike Ndukwe and Tyson Walter).

The defense included nine linemen (Phillip Daniels, Cornelius Griffin, Joe Salave’a, Andre Carter, Renaldo Wynn, Demetric Evans, Ryan Boschetti, Golston and Montgomery), six linebackers (Marcus Washington, Lemar Marshall, Warrick Holdman, Khary Campbell, Jeff Posey and McIntosh), five cornerbacks (Shawn Springs, Kenny Wright, Ade Jimoh, Mike Rumph and Rogers) and five safeties (Sean Taylor, Adam Archuleta, Pierson Prioleau, Fox and Doughty). Fox was the 18th and final newcomer to make the roster.

Kicker John Hall, punter Derrick Frost and snapper Ethan Albright retained their jobs and round out the roster.

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