After getting released by the Cardinals on Friday, Crezdon Butler did not remain unemployed long.The Redskins claimed him off waivers Saturday, giving the team five cornerbacks and Butler the second chance he had been seeking.Drafted out of Clemson in the fifth round by Pittsburgh in 2010, Butler played sparingly in four games his rookie season. He was waived by the Steelers the following preseason and claimed by Arizona a few days later.Butler, however, appeared in only one regular season game with the Cardinals before a gruesome ankle suffered in practice cut his season short.I need my speed, and that was the first thing that went when I broke my ankle, Butler said. Sometimes it gets a little bit sore after practice, which is normal any time you break a bone. But once Im loose, its loose. Its 100-percent healed.The 25-year-old spent the entire offseason in Arizona but was released on cutdown day as the Cardinals squeezed down to league maximum of 53 players. The Redskins had left open a spot on their roster, presumably for Butler, whose strengths are his speed, size (6 foot 1, 191) and versatility.I was disappointed to get cut by the Cardinals, Butler said. But its always a blessing to have a job.The Ashville, N.C. native arrived in town Sunday and went through his first practice in Ashburn on Monday.Butler joins a cornerback corps that includes DeAngelo Hall, Josh Wilson, Cedric Griffin, Richard Crawford. Butler said he can play either side, cover the slot, and line up as a free safety if necessary. He also received ample time on special teams with the Cardinals.Although hes familiar with the Redskins scheme after playing in similar systems in Arizona and Pittsburgh, Butler said the terminology is different. For that reason, he knows he might not play Sunday m New Orleans.They might give me a week to get up to speed, get all the terminology down, Butler said. But if they call upon me, Im going to be ready. Well probably see Friday whats going on.The terminology might be different, but Butler did something familiar when he walked into the Redskins locker room: former Clemson teammate Jarvis Jenkins.It helps a lot coming to a new team, having someone show you around, so youre not just lost in the woods, lost, Butler said. It means a lot. Ive been at Jarvis house every day since Ive been here.
The Redskins announced the moves of two veterans to injured reserve and the signing of a veteran center. They also promoted a player from the practice squad.
They sent safety DeAngelo Hall and center Kory Lichtensteiger to injured reserve. Hall suffered a torn ACL on Sunday against the Giants and Lichtensteiger sustained a calf strain.
To take those spots on the roster, the Redskins signed veteran center John Sullivan and offensive lineman Vinston Painter was moved up from the practice squad to the 53-man roster.
Sullivan, was the Vikings’ starting center from 2009 through 2014. The 31-year-old missed all of 2015 with a back injury and the Vikings released him on August 30 of this year.
The Redskins claimed Painter off of waivers in August but released him when they cut down to 53 players. He was then signed to the practice squad.
Hall and Lichtensteiger are no strangers to injured reserve. It’s the second straight season Lichtensteiger has been on injured reserve. He suffered a neck and shoulder injury last year that had him on IR for eight weeks before he returned. Hall tore his Achilles in 2014 and spent the last 11 games on injured reserve.
Due to the new injured reserve rules, either player would be eligible to return to the roster after missing eight weeks. With the ACL injury that will not happen for Hall but if Lichtensteiger could return if the calf heals. The team does not have to designate anyone to return in advance but they can make only one such move during the season.
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.
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.