Redskins cuts: Tony Pashos, DeJon Gomes, Chase Minnifield among them

August 31, 2013
Keiland Williams
Fourth-year pro Keiland Williams was among Saturday’s cuts. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Update: 2:24 p.m.

The Redskins, as expected, have placed third-year offensive lineman Maurice Hurt on the reserve/physically unable to perform (PUP) list, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The move is another in the process that will help the Redskins reach the league limit of 53 players by today’s 6 p.m. deadline.

Hurt had arthroscopic knee surgery late in the spring and spent the remainder of the offseason and all of the preseason working his way back to form. Hurt said early in training camp that he had hoped to come off the active PUP list within a couple weeks, but Coach Mike Shanahan said that he wasn’t yet ready. Now as a member of the regular season PUP list, Hurt isn’t eligible to be activated until after the sixth week of the season. Players with that designation then have a three-week window in which they can practice and be evaluated. The team them must decide whether to activate the player, release him or place him on injured reserve.

Updated, 12:08 p.m.:

The Redskins have cut 16 players so far: Running backs Keiland Williams and Jawan Jamison, wide receivers Skye Dawson, Nick Williams and Lance Lewis, tight end Emanuel Ogbuehi, offensive linemen Tony Pashos, Tevita Stevens and Xavier Nixon, defensive linemen Chigbo Anunoby, Dominique Hamilton and Ron Brace, linebackers Will Compton and Vic So’oto, cornerback Chase Minnifield, safety DeJon Gomes. A person with knowledge of the situation said that it is expected that center Kevin Matthews also will be cut.

The Post has reported or confirmed all of those cuts except for those of Nixon, which was confirmed by Zac Boyer of the Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star, that of Williams, which was confirmed by Chris Russell of ESPN 980, and Gomes, Compton and Lewis, which were announced by the players themselves on Twitter.

Jamison, Compton and Minnifield are expected to be added to the Redskins’ practice squad tomorrow if they clears waivers.

Washington must make 22 roster moves to get down to 53 from 75, not necessarily all cuts. Two moves could be placing defensive end Jarvis Jenkins and linebacker Rob Jackson on the suspended list. Another could be placing guard Maurice Hurt on the Physically Unable to Perform list as he continues to work his way into shape after offseason knee surgery. A link to the Redskins’ roster, with career stats and player bios, is here.

Updated, 10:43 a.m.

Jeremy Trueblood, Tyler Polumbus, Tevita Stevens and Tony Pashos
The Redskins signed tackles Jeremy Trueblood and Tony Pashos in the offseason, but neither wound up making the 53-man roster. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

The Washington Redskins have cut tackle Tony Pashos, a person familiar with the situation said Saturday morning. The team also has released backup outside linebacker Vic So’oto and tight end Emmanuel Ogbuehi, two sources confirmed, and defensive linemen Dominique Hamilton and Chigbo Anunoby.

Safety DeJon Gomes also announced on Twitter that he’d been let go, which is a good sign for undrafted rookie safety Jose Gumbs.

Wide receiver Skye Dawson has been released, and the Redskins don’t have plans to add him to their practice squad, a source said. Wide receiver Lance Lewis announced via Twitter that he’d been released.

Pashos, a 10th-year veteran, was competing for a roster spot as a backup right tackle. He had beaten out fellow offseason addition Jeremy Trueblood for the second-team right tackle job behind Tyler Polumbus. Washington cut Trueblood last week. But offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said last week that it was possible that the Redskins could use second-year left tackle Tom Compton as a backup to both Trent Williams and Polumbus.

It’s expected that Washington will carry an offensive line of eight players: Williams, left guard Kory Lichtensteiger, center Will Montgomery, right guard Chris Chester and Polumbus as the starters, and Compton and fellow second-year players, Josh LeRibeus and Adam Gettis, both guards, as the backups.

So’oto’s release seems to signal that the Redskins will open the season with four outside linebackers: Ryan Kerrigan, Brian Orakpo, Darryl Tapp and rookie Brandon Jenkins. Rob Jackson will open the season on the suspended list.

Ogbuehi was told that the Redskins would like to bring him back as a member of their practice squad if he clears waivers.

The team also on Saturday released undrafted rookie Xavier Nixon, according to the Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star. Nixon possibly could return as a member of the practice squad.

Chase Minnifield, Chip Reeves
Chase Minnifield covers Chip Reeves during training camp. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

A person with knowledge of the situation said that the team has cut cornerback Chase Minnifield that he will be released. His release comes as a surprise considering how highly coaches spoke of him early in the preseason. Minnifield did struggle in his last two preseason outings, however. The source said that the team hopes to bring him back as a member of the practice squad.

Minnifield’s departure opened the door for Jerome Murphy to make the team as the fifth cornerback behind DeAngelo Hall, Josh Wilson, David Amerson and E.J. Biggers, a person with knowledge of the situation said.

The Redskins have until 6 p.m. Saturday to make moves on 22 players to trim their roster from 75 to 53. Two such moves will be the placing of defensive end Jarvis Jenkins and linebacker Rob Jackson on the suspended list. Another could be placing guard Maurice Hurt on the Physically Unable to Perform list as he continues to work his way into shape after offseason knee surgery.

Stay tuned …

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What’s ahead:

● The second round of cuts, from 75 to 53, must be complete by 4 p.m. 6 p.m. Practice squads can be assembled beginning at noon Sunday.

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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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