Redskins claimed center J.D. Walton off waivers ‘for the future,’ Mike Shanahan says

Center J.D. Walton (50) started every game in his first two seasons with the Broncos, plus four games last season (David Zalubowski/Associated Press)

Center J.D. Walton (50) started every game in his first two seasons with the Broncos, plus four games last season (David Zalubowski/Associated Press)

Center J.D. Walton, who was claimed by the Washington Redskins off waivers this week after he was released by the Denver Broncos, won’t play in the final two games of the season, Coach Mike Shanahan said.

Shanahan said the move was made with the future in mind.

“We liked him out of college,” Shanahan said Thursday. “We like the way he played in Denver for the first couple years. [That’s] one of the reasons why we signed him. … I think this is for the future. He would not play this week or next week. It would be him coming back to the squad next year and competing with the rest of the offensive line.”

Walton, who played with Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III at Baylor, was a third-round draft choice by the Broncos in 2010 and started his first 36 NFL regular season games. But he suffered a broken ankle four games into last season and hasn’t played in a game since. He is eligible for unrestricted free agency in the offseason.

“You never know,” Shanahan said. “But we just know what we thought of him coming out of college, what we evaluated at Denver, two years starting all 16 games and four games [last season]. You can see he’s a football player. You’ve always got the question mark with the medical. But we’ll see that in time.”

Walton declined to speak to reporters Thursday following his first practice with the Redskins. He said he was in a rush to get to a meeting and added: “I’m not a media guy. Not gonna get no quotes from me.”

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What’s ahead:

●  The Redskins practice Friday at 11:50 a.m. Mike Shanahan will speak with reporters afterward.

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