The Washington Redskins held workouts for six unemployed players, including running back Laurence Maroney, according to’s Aaron Wilson.

Maroney spent the first five seasons of his career with the Patriots and then played for Denver last season.

Also working out for the Redskins were defensive tackle Kentwan Balmer (who spent time with the 49ers, Seahawks and Panthers), defensive end Everette Brown (Carolina), tight end Richard Quinn (Denver) and offensive linemen Nevin McCaskill (New York Jets, Green Bay) and Jonathan Compas (Tampa Bay).

Just because the Redskins held workouts for those players doesn’t mean signings were imminent, however. Last season as Washington entered the bye, the team held a workout for a group of players, including quarterback Jamarcus Russell, but obviously didn’t sign him.

Teams hold workouts for players from time to time to evaluate them in case future needs arise in the event of injuries or other roster reducing moves.

Running back Tim Hightower entered the bye week nursing a shoulder injury, but the team’s leading rusher didn’t indicate concern that the injury was serious in nature when asked about his health on Tuesday.