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Roster churn: 24 of last year's initial 53 are gone

Roster churn: 24 of last year's initial 53 are gone

You cant accuse Mike Shanahan of standing pat.After the Redskins went 5-11 last year, 24 of the 53 players who were on the 53-man roster that season are gone. Thats a turnover rate of 45 percent.Of the 23 new playersas of right now, the Redskins have only 52 on their rostereight are 2012 draft picks. Of the nine picks this year, only offensive tackle Tom Compton was released.Here are the departed members of the first roster of 2011 and their replacements on the current roster.Wide receiverJabar GaffneyPierre Garon
Donte StallworthJosh Morgan
Anthony ArmstrongDez Briscoe
Terrence AustinAldrick RobinsonOffensive lineJammal BrownTyler Polumbus
Sean LocklearJordan Black
Erik CookJosh LeRibeus
Willie SmithAdam Gettis
XXMaurice Hurt (additional offensive lineman carried in 2012)Tight endChris CooleyXX (Niles Paul moved from WR to TE)
Mike SellersXX (carrying one fewer TE than in 2011)Running backTim HightowerEvan Royster
Ryan TorainAlfred MorrisQuarterbackJohn BeckRobert Griffin III
XXKirk Cousins (carrying 3 QBs this year)Defensive lineDarrion ScottJarvis Jenkins
Chris NeildChris BakerLinebackersRocky McIntoshKeenan Robinson
Markus WhiteChris Wilson
Keyaron FoxXX (carrying one fewer linebacker this year)Defensive backsByron WestbrookCedric Griffin
Kevin BarnesRichard Crawford
Brandyn ThompsonXX (as of now, one fewer CB on the rosterLaRon LandryBrandon Meriweather
Oshiomogho AtogweMadieu Williams
XXJordan Bernstine (carrying one more safety this year)SpecialistsPK Graham GanoBilly CundiffWas on the Redskins roster at some point during the 2011 season
On the PUP list, could return between Weeks Six and Nine

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Redskins' Josh Norman elected alternate NFLPA rep weeks after criticizing union

Redskins' Josh Norman elected alternate NFLPA rep weeks after criticizing union

NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith made a visit to Redskins Park today, and the team elected their union representatives.

Kedric Golston will serve another year as the team's liason to the union. Three alternates were elected as well: Kirk Cousins (an alternate last season), Will Compton and, surprisingly, Josh Norman. 

Norman was critical of Smith and the union in an ESPN piece in August. "[The NFL] is a dictatorship, and [NFLPA director] DeMaurice [Smith] is in cahoots with those guys," he claimed. 

The cornerback's election today marks what would appear to be a turn of events. 

"We always love to have veteran leadership as player representatives, and this team is no different with Kirk and Kedric returning," Smith told CSN Mid-Atlantic. "As for Josh, we love players who are both smart and passionate, and he, as well as the other players, fit that bill."

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Josh Norman fined for rough play against Giants

Josh Norman fined for rough play against Giants

Nearly a week after the Redskins win over the Giants, news broke that Washington CB Josh Norman has been fined for roughness in the New York victory.

UPDATE: Per ProFootballTalk, the fine was for a fourth quarter hit on Sterling Shepard and being a repeat offender.

For much of the Redskins-Giants game, Norman covered Odell Beckham almost exclusively. Not many moments stand out for being particularly physical save for a play early in the game when Beckham jumped in the end zone. The motion took him above Norman, but rather than letting Beckham come down to the ground, the corner grabbed and carried the receiver for a few yards.

Norman was flagged for roughness on a hit against Giants receiver Sterling Shepard. It's likely that hit triggered the fine. It's also worth pointing out that referees gave Norman a specific warning before the game about rough play, so it's possible being flagged for roughness despite the warning made an impact in the league offices as well. 

There is one other physical moment that stands out from the Giants/Redskins matchup - when Beckham violently swung his helmet at the Giants' kicking net. Beckham got the worst of the altercation though as the net flew back at him and socked him in the face.

Expect many questions about the fine to come.