The Washington Redskins have waived rookie cornerback Brandyn Thompson to make room on the 53-man roster for veteran defensive back Phillip Buchanon, according to 106.7 The Fan’s Grant Paulsen.

Brandyn Thompson dives and missed Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Mossis Madu during the preseason. (Toni L. Sandys/Washington Post)

If he clears waivers, he is likely to be brought back as a member of Washington’s practice squad.

Buchanon had missed the first four games of the season while serving a suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. He went through his first practice of the regular season on Tuesday, and Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said that the 10th-year veteran could help the Redskins right away.