Redskins release Potter, Merling as two return

Redskins release Potter, Merling as two return
October 1, 2013, 1:30 pm
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The Redskins have released two players in anticipation getting two others back from suspension.

Mike Shanahan said that the team has released kicker John Potter and defensive end Phillip Merling. The moves will make room on the 53-man roster for Rob Jackson and Jarvis Jenkins, who both are returning from drug-related suspensions.

However, the two defensive players were not added to the roster immediately. According to a team spokesman, the team asked for and received a one-week roster exemption for linebacker Jackson and end Jenkins.

The exemption does not mean a lot because the team started on its bye week after today’s practice. The players are off until Monday when the exemptions end and Jackson and Jenkins must be added to the active roster.

By releasing Potter and Merling now, the team avoids having to pay their salaries for a week when the team is off.

The return of Jackson and Jenkins will add some needed depth to a defense that has been struggling most of the year. Last year Jenkins started 14 games and made 24 tackles. Jackson also started 14 games and registered 4.5 sacks and 4 interceptions. One of those picks was a game-saver in the season finale against Dallas, the game that wrapped up the Redskins’ first division title since 1999.