After losing half of their defensive line yesterday, the Redskins signed two defensive linemen today. The Redskins promoted Doug Worthington off the practice squad and signed Markus White off of the Buccaneers practice squad.
The move to sign White off of another teams practice squad is legal as long as that player, White, is added to the teams 53 man roster...which he was.
These two moves come just one day after the Redskins announced that both Brian Orakpo and Adam Carriker would be out for the season. Carriker tore his right quad and Orakpo tore his pectoral muscle again the first five minutes of Sunday's game against the Rams.
Worthington and White both saw a lot of playing for the Redskins during the second half of their four preseason games. White was one of the last players cut on August 31st while Worthington was added to the practice squad.
White was also a member of the Redskins for the entire 2011 campaign, but only appeared in just two games. Expect to see him a lot more this season.
Both Worthington and White can make a difference for the Redskins. Worthington was a standout defensive lineman for the Ohio State Buckeyes and many expected him to have quite an impact in the NFL.
You never know, one of these two players could end up being another surprise like Alfred Morris has been. They could just need their chance to shine and this might be it. However, losing the likes of Orakpo and Carriker certainly hurt the defense. Expect the Redskins to dial up some blitz packages this weekend against the Bengals.
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