- The Washington Times - Monday, September 29, 2014

Richard Crawford, the former seventh-round pick of the Redskins who was first sent to the practice squad before being waived earlier this season, was signed again by the team on Monday in an attempt to help its special teams depth.

Crawford, a cornerback and punt returner, played in 10 games for the Redskins as a rookie in 2012 but missed all of last season after tearing the ACL and LCL in his left knee during the preseason.

He returned in time for training camp and played in all four preseason games in August, making seven tackles. But with a change in the practice squad rules for this season, Crawford was waived and signed to the 10-man unit before being waived again on Sept. 9.

The 5-foot-11, 192-pound Crawford should fill the role on special teams held by strong safety Trenton Robinson, who sustained a high left ankle sprain in the Redskins’ 45-14 loss to the New York Giants on Thursday.

Robinson, expected to miss “a few weeks,” according to coach Jay Gruden, played on the kickoff coverage, kickoff return, punt coverage and punt return units on Thursday.

Crawford’s signing was one of four made by the Redskins on Monday. Washington also signed strong safety Jamarca Sanford, who spent the last five years with Minnesota and started 41 games over the past three seasons.

The 5-foot-10, 200-pound Sanford was placed on injured reserve on Aug. 30 with an unspecified quadriceps injury, but was released with an injury settlement on Sept. 8.

Sanford is the second veteran strong safety the Redskins have acquired during the season. They previously claimed Duke Ihenacho, formerly with Denver, off waivers on Aug. 31, but he was placed on injured reserve on Sept. 22 with a broken bone in his left heel.

The Redskins also signed outside linebacker Gabe Miller, who they waived on Saturday, and offensive tackle Terren Jones to their practice squad. Jones, undrafted out of Alabama State, spent last season in Atlanta.

Miller’s signing was not announced by the team, but his agent, Brett Tessler, wrote on Twitter that he would be returning to the practice squad shortly after 4 p.m. Tessler would not have learned Miller had cleared waivers until that time, at which point a new agreement with the Redskins could be reached.

• Zac Boyer can be reached at zboyer@washingtontimes.com.

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