Update: 6:57 p.m.
The Washington Redskins have waived rookie cornerback Brandyn Thompson to make room on the 53-man roster for newly claimed running back Tashard Choice, according to a person familiar with the move.
Thompson, whom Washington drafted in the seventh round out of Boise State, was promoted from the practice squad last Friday as an insurance policy for Sunday’s game because defensive backs DeAngelo Hall and Phillip Buchanon were both banged up. But Thompson didn’t play in the 23-0 loss to the Buffalo Bills.
Thompson appeared in two games earlier this season but was waived after Week 4 and signed to the practice squad. He could be re-signed to the practice squad if he clears waivers.
Coming off a dismal offensive performance Sunday against Buffalo, the Redskins claimed former Dallas Cowboys’ running back Tashard Choice off waivers Monday afternoon, according to a person with knowledge of the transaction.
After Washington managed only 26 rushing yards against the Bills, the Redskins apparently trying to beef up their ground game with the addition of Choice. The Redskins entered Sunday’s game with only two tailbacks on the 53-man roster after starter Tim Hightower was placed on injured reserve early last week and lost for the season.
Choice, 26, was battling injuries last week and was released by the Cowboys Saturday morning. He hurt his shoulder a week earlier against St. Louis but also had an MRI on his hamstring last Friday. It was not immediately clear how seriously Choice was injured. News reports out of Dallas suggested that he might have reached an injury settlement with the Cowboys had no team claimed him Monday.
Choice was the Cowboys’ fourth-round pick in 2008 out of Georgia Tech and served primarily as a backup in Dallas. He rushed for 1,139 yards and eight touchdowns on 250 carries in four seasons there.
He appeared in six games this year, though his only start was Oct. 23 against the Rams. On the year, he was used sparingly. He never had more than seven carries in a game and only twice tallied double-digit rushing yards. His season-high was 39 yards Oct. 2 against Detroit.
Cornerback DeAngelo Hall stripped Choice of the ball moments before halftime in a game against Dallas in September, 2010, returning the fumble for what became the winning touchdown in a 13-7 Washington victory.