The Washington Redskins have cut cornerback D.J. Johnson and replaced him on the 53-man roster with rookie cornerback Brandyn Thompson, who has spent much of this season bouncing back and forth between the practice squad and the official roster, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed Tuesday night.
It is the fourth stint on the 53-man roster for Thompson, the team’s seventh-round pick out of Boise State. Thompson most recently was waived by the Redskins on Nov. 8 to make room for Johnson, a 6-foot-2, 198-pound Jackson State product who had appeared in five games in his career, but never suited up for Washington.
Thompson opened the season on the 53-man roster and in the first four weeks played in two games and recorded a total of two tackles. He was waived and then re-signed to the practice squad heading into the fifth week of the season to make room for veteran Phillip Buchanon, who had returned from a four-game suspension.
With Buchanon nursing an injury, Thompson was promoted to the 53-man roster on Oct. 28 to provide depth in the game against Buffalo. Thompson returned to the practice squad on Nov. 2, got called back up to the game roster four days later, when Buchanon was placed on injured reserve. Finally, the 5-foot-10, 188-pound Thompson was waived on Nov. 8 and re-signed to the practice squad the following day.