By Michael Huberman
Normally practice squad moves dont garner much attention, but on Tuesday the Redskins made a patriotic addition to their squad. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Redskins have added Navy grad and former New England Patriots fullback Eric Kettani to their practice squad.
Kettani played at Navy from 2005-2008, where he rushed for more than 2,000 yards. Kettani was then signed by the Patriots as an undrafted free agent after the 2009 NFL Draft. After being placed on the militaryreserve list, Kettani was added to the Patriots practice squad last year. However soon after joining the practice squad, Kettani was called to active duty in the Navy and reported to the USS Klakring in Jacksonville, Florida.
After a lengthy appeal process, Kettani was finally cleared in April to pursue a football career on a permanent basis. While he made the initial Patriots practice squad, he was released last week in favor of fullback James Develin.
With Chris Cooleys release and Darrel Young as the only fullback on the Redskins active roster, the team looks to be bringing in the 25-year-old Kettani to the mix. It seems fitting that today on 911, the Redskins have added a real patriot.
The Redskins may have a roster hole to fill at center and according to a report they are set to sign a veteran to do the job.
The Redskins are going to sign John Sullivan, who was the Vikings’ starting center from 2009 through 2014, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media.
The 31-year-old Sullivan missed all of 2015 with a back injury and the Vikings released him on August 30 of this year.
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Kory Lichtensteiger was placed on injured reserve due to a calf injury he sustained against the Giants on Sunday. Jay Gruden described Lichtensteiger’s situation as “week to week” during his press conference on Monday.
The Redskins will have to make a roster move when the do sign Sullivan, whether it’s Lichtensteiger to IR or something else.
If Lichtensteiger does go on injured reserve it will be the second consecutive year on the shelf for him. He suffered a neck and shoulder injury last year that had him on IR for eight weeks before he returned.
Due to the new injured reserve rules, Lichtensteiger would be eligible to return to the roster after missing eight weeks. The team does not have to designate anyone to return in advance but they can make only one such move during the season.
Injuries racked the Redskins on Sunday, none more severe than the torn ACL sustained by safety DeAngelo Hall.
His injury, along with the ankle injury to Bashaud Breeland, leaves the secondary with some holes.
Coach Jay Gruden said Monday that the team will look to bring in some players to help.
"We’ll probably need another one for depth purposes," Gruden said of a secondary player.
Enter Josh Evans, a sixth-round pick out of Florida that played the last three years with the Jaguars.
In 36 starts for the Jags, Evans piled up 145 tackles to go with five passes defensed and three fumble recoveries.
Evans also has good size at 6-foot-1, 207 lbs., a trait Scot McCloughan likes in his secondary. One more thing working for Evans: versatility. He played both strong and free safety positions in Jacksonville.
A workout does not mean a signing, and with the Redskins having to juggle moves along the offensive line in addition to the secondary, there could be a lot of players in and out of Ashburn this week and the coming weeks.
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