RB Torain to replace WR Banks on roster
Two days before their Week 3 game against the St. Louis Rams, the Washington Redskins plan to shuffle their roster, releasing wide receiver Brandon Banks and activating running back Ryan Torain from the practice squad, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation.
The move was not expected to be made official until Saturday, before the team plane left for St. Louis, though players were apparently notified on Friday.
Banks's agent, James Gould, would not comment on the expected move but did comment on Banks's situation in Washington.
"I believe that Brandon has found a home with the Washington Redskins," he said. "They stepped up and gave him an opportunity when no one else would. Fans and management see what Brandon is about and that he can help the team. We are optimistic about the long term."
As teams juggle their rosters from week to week, they often add players to their roster that they'd previously cut. Coaches like the speedy wide receiver, and Banks would be a prime candidate to rejoin the Redskins' roster in the near future.
Torain, meanwhile, gives the Redskins some much-needed backfield depth. After releasing Larry Johnson on Tuesday, the Redskins had only Keiland Williams, an undrafted rookie, and Chad Simpson, a free agent who was picked up Tuesday, playing behind Clinton Portis. Simpson practiced all week with the team, but Torain has more experience with the Redskins' scheme.
On their final injury report of the week, the Redskins have listed seven players as questionable for Sunday's game at St. Louis: Albert Haynesworth (ankle), LaRon Landry (wrist), Kareem Moore (knee), Portis (wrist), Anthony Armstrong (groin), Chris Horton (ankle) and Trent Williams (knee/toe).
Portis, Landry and Moore all practiced this week, and all seven participated in at least part of Friday's practice. Moore, Williams and Armstrong have all said they feel they'll be ready to play Sunday.
As Coach Mike Shanahan mentioned earlier in the day, nose tackle Anthony Bryant suffered a concussion at Wednesday's practice and will not play against the Rams.
St. Louis has listed four players as out: tight end Bill Bajema, linebacker Chris Chamberlain, tight end Mike Hoomanawanui and defensive tackle Darrell Scott. Three others are listed as doubtful: safety Chris Dahl, defensive tackle Clifton Ryan and receiver Laurent Robinson, none of whom practiced Friday.
Mum on Haynesworth
Haynesworth's ankle is healthy and the defensive lineman could return to the field Sunday. But Shanahan won't guarantee anything. Haynesworth spent Week 2 on the inactive list.
Even though Haynesworth and Bryant are the only nose tackles behind Ma'ake Kemoeatu, Shanahan said Haynesworth won't necessarily be on the active roster Sunday.
"You could go with five or six [linemen] or a combination of different people," Shanahan said. "Jim [Haslett], in his history, has gone with five defensive linemen.
"We've gone with six all through preseason [and] the regular season games."
- Rick Maese and Jason Reid