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Redskins release Jordan Pugh to make room for Brandon Meriweather

Safety Jordan Pugh had an interception against Denver, but he was released on Tuesday to make room for Brandon Meriweather. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

The Washington Redskins have waived safety Jordan Pugh to make room on the 53-man roster for Brandon Meriweather, who returned from a one-game suspension for a pair of helmet-to-helmet hits against the Chicago Bears in Week 7.

Pugh had opened the season on Washington’s 53-man roster, but the team released him on Oct. 15 to make room for the signing of special teams contributor Trenton Robinson. The team then re-signed Pugh on Oct. 22 when Meriweather was suspended by the league.

Pugh came off the bench to play 10 defensive snaps and recorded an interception in the fourth quarter. Pugh returned the interception 16 yards.

The Redskins would have preferred to keep Pugh, according to a person with knowledge of the situation, but he became a casualty of the numbers game.

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What’s ahead:

● The Redskins resume practice Wednesday, preparing for Sunday’s home game against the San Diego Chargers.

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Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.
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