Redskins place Brandon Scherff, two others on IR, sign two defensive backs

The Washington Redskins made a few roster moves on Tuesday. Notably, they placed right guard Brandon Scherff on IR, ending his season.

The Washington Redskins are sitting at 3-11 with two games left in the season. Their season has been over for quite a while and now, we’re starting to see them make moves to prepare them for the offseason.

On Tuesday, the Redskins placed three players on IR, according to the team’s official website. They are right guard Brandon Scherff, wide receiver Trey Quinn, and slot cornerback Jimmy Moreland.

Of the three, Scherff is the biggest name. The offensive lineman is dealing with elbow and shoulder injuries that will cut his season short. Overall, he appeared in 11 games for the squad and was solid at times but struggled with penalties.

Scherff will be an unrestricted free agent after the season, so the Redskins will have a big decision to make regarding his future with the team. The final two games will give them a look at fourth-round rookie Wes Martin at right guard. If he plays well, that may influence their decision on Scherff.

Elsewhere, Quinn has been out since suffering a concussion against the Carolina Panthers, so it makes sense to give him extra time to heal. Steven Sims has taken over for him in the slot and has been more dynamic than Quinn anyway, so it makes sense for the team to give the undrafted rookie a shot to continue to prove himself.

As for Moreland, he was operating as the starting slot corner in recent weeks before suffering a foot injury against the Philadelphia Eagles. He will have a shot to win the same role next season.

To help replace Moreland, the Redskins did sign a couple of players in Coty Sensabaugh and Kayvon Webster.

Sensabaugh, 31, was a fourth-round pick by the Tennessee Titans in 2012. He played in four games for the Broncos earlier this season and recorded two tackles. In 2018, he started 10 games as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Webster, 28, started 11 games for the Rams in 2017 before suffering a ruptured Achilles. He played in two games for the Texans last year but didn’t make the New Orleans Saints roster this season.

Of the two players, Webster still has some upside thanks to his special teams ability and versatility. So, perhaps the Redskins are checking to see if he’s healthier now and maybe they will keep him as a veteran backup moving forward. Either way, the team needed corner depth with Moreland out and Quinton Dunbar dealing with a hamstring injury, so perhaps Webster and Sensabaugh will be able to help keep Josh Norman on the sidelines.

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These moves make sense for the Redskins. At this point, there’s no reason to risk long-term damage to their young players. They can let them heal and move on to next season.

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