The Washington Redskins have placed starting NT Ma’ake Kemoeatu (shoulder) and backup DE Phillip Daniels (abdomen) on injured reserve. The team filled one of the spots on the 53-man roster with DE Rob Jackson, who was signed off the practice squad. The team also signed veteran DE Darrion Scott Wednesday to fill the other open spot.
With Kemoeatu gone for the rest of the season, the Redskins will likely turn to journeyman DT Anthony Bryant to be his replacement.
The Redskins also signed OT Xavier Fulton and DL Rashaad Duncan to the practice squad and released OL Jacob Bender from the practice squad.
Jackson (6-4, 255) was selected by the Redskins in the seventh round (No. 242 overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft out of Kansas State University. He spent the first 15 weeks of this season on Washington’s practice squad.
Scott (6-3, 310) signed with the Redskins on Apr. 27 before being released following training camp on Sept. 4.
Duncan (6-2, 315) was originally signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a college free agent on May 1, 2009, before being waived on Sept. 5. He signed with Tampa Bay’s practice squad on Sept. 6, before being released on Oct. 13. He signed with the Carolina Panthers practice squad on Oct. 20, before being released on Oct. 27. Duncan signed with the Buffalo Bills practice squad on Dec. 1, 2009, before being waived on Sept. 5.
Duncan played collegiately at the University of Pittsburgh, where he appeared in 48 games with 35 starts. As a senior, he had 55 tackles and 1.5 sacks at nose tackle. Duncan was born on Dec. 10, 1986, in Belle Glade, Fla., where he attended Glades Central High School.
Fulton (6-5, 301) was originally drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the fifth round (155th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft. He spent his entire rookie season on injured reserve. He was waived by Tampa Bay on Sept. 4. He signed with the Indianapolis Colts practice squad on Sept. 6, before being released on Sept. 18. Fulton signed with San Francisco 49ers practice squad Nov. 10, before being released on Nov. 30.
Fulton played collegiately at the University of Illinois, where he appeared in 40 games with 35 total starts (25 as an offensive tackle during his junior and senior years). He started 10 of 15 games as a freshman and sophomore at defensive end. He was penalized just twice as a senior and only allowed two quarterback pressures on 393 pass plays. Fulton was born on April 18, 1986, in Chicago.
Daniels (6-6, 310) was in his 15th NFL season and seventh with the Redskins. He played in 14 games with one start during the 2010 season. He finished the season with 30 tackles (18 solo), including three for loss, six quarterback hurries and two sacks. He had one blocked field goal against the St. Louis Rams in Week 3.
Kemoeatu (6-5, 350) was signed on Mar. 10 and played in 14 games with 12 starts for the Redskins. He finished the season with 40 tackles (28 solo), one for loss and five quarterback hurries. Kemoeatu was the Redskins 2010 recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award, given annually to a player from each NFL team who displays extraordinary courage in the face of adversity.
Kemoeatu signed a two-year, $4.55 million deal. His base salary for 2011 is $1.5 million. His contract also carries a $1 million roster bonus for next season, a source confirmed.
-- Adam Caplan