Evan Royster, four others signed to Redskins’ practice squad

The Washington Redskins have signed rookie running back Evan Royster to their eight-man practice squad, the Penn State product said Sunday afternoon.

The team also has added seventh round pick Aldrick Robinson, a wide receiver out of SMU; Maurice Hurt, a guard and seventh-round selection from Florida; tackle Doug Worthington; and cornerback Reggie Jones, to the practice team, according to people familiar with their circumstances and media reports .

Royster, whom the team drafted in the sixth round, was released Saturday as Washington cut its roster from 80 to 53 players. A former Westfield High School standout, Royster accumulated 110 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries during the preseason.

Washington kept Tim Hightower, fourth-round pick Roy Helu and third-year veteran Ryan Torain on the 53-man roster.

Royster said he was glad to re-sign as a member of the practice squad, and liked his chances of being promoted to the official roster at some point this season. Royster, who suffered a concussion Thursday night, said he expects to practice Monday.

Worthington spent the preseason with the Redskins, but was beaten out for a 53-man roster spot by veteran backups Kedric Golston and Darrion Scott.

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.

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