Richard Crawford leaves on a stretcher during the second quarter Saturday. (Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post)

Second-year cornerback Richard Crawford cleared waivers on Tuesday and has been placed on the Redskins’ injured reserve list, according to NFL records. The same goes for cornerback Ryan Mouton, and linebacker Jeremy Kimbrough.

Crawford, a 2012 seventh-round pick out of Southern Methodist, served as Washington’s top punt returner, and also had competed this preseason for a spot in the Redskins’ secondary.

Crawford tore his anterior cruciate ligament, lateral collateral ligament and medial collateral ligament in his left knee at the end of a punt return in Washington’s preseason game against Buffalo last Saturday.

Mouton, a fifth-year veteran signed at the start of training camp, had battled hamstring injuries. Kimbrough, an undrafted free agent, tore the labrum in his right shoulder in the preseason opener.

The Redskins waived all three injured on Monday, meaning any team could have claimed their rights. However, because all three went unclaimed, they will all revert to the Redskins’ injured reserve list and will not count against the 53-man roster this season.

By waiving the players injured, and then having them reverted to their injured reserve list, the Redskins avoided having to pay their full salaries. In Crawford’s case, he was due to earn a base salary of $480,000 this season, but instead will now make $303,000. The Redskins will assume the financial responsibility of all three players’ medical care.

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What’s ahead:

● The Redskins do not practice on Wednesday, and play at 7:30 in Tampa on Thursday.

● The second round of cuts, due by 4 p.m. Saturday, requires rosters to go from 75 to 53.

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