Redskins waive injured WR Jerry Rice Jr.


Jerry Rice Jr., bottom, gets a helping hand from Richard Crawford during Thursday’s practice, when he was injured. (Mark Gormus/Richmond Times-Dispatch via Associated Press)

RICHMOND — The Redskins have waived injured wide receiver Jerry Rice Jr. three days after he tore the labrum in his left shoulder, according to the NFL’s daily transaction report.

If Rice makes it through waivers unclaimed, he will revert to Washington’s injured reserve list.

Rice became the second  Washington player lost to a torn labrum this week. On Monday, backup cornerback Courtney Bridget Jr. tore his labrum and was placed on injured reserve after going unclaimed on waivers. Bridget, like Rice, needs surgery.

Rice, the son of Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice, joined Washington’s roster as an undrafted free agent this summer. The 5-foot-10, 185-pound receiver played for UNLV, where he recorded 10 catches for 73 yards as a senior.

Rice found himself at a crowded position on Washington’s roster and even before his injury seemed like a long shot to make the team. Pierre Garcon, DeSean Jackson and Andre Roberts lead the way at wide receiver, with Santana Moss, Ryan Grant, Aldrick Robinson, Lee Doss, Rashad Ross, Rashad Lawrence and Nick Williams all battling for the final two or three roster spots at that position.

Washington General Manager Bruce Allen said on Saturday that the team planned to work out a group of players on Sunday with the goal of making a signing to fill Rice’s roster spot. But the NFL’s daily transaction report didn’t list the Redskins as having made a move aside from waiving Rice.

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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