Today, the Washington Redskins announced that defensive end Phillip Merling and Kicker John Potter have been released. The move was made to create space for linebacker Rob Jackson and defensive tackle Jarvis Jenkins, after both finished serving four-game suspensions for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Washington’s defense was much improved in week four, and should benefit greatly from the return of Jackson and Jenkins.
The release of Potter may be a bite more important because that means kicker Kai Forbath has recovered from the groin injury that prevented him from playing the previous two weeks.
Washington received player exemptions for both Jackson and Jenkins, which means the team has room to sign two more players. The Redskins now enter the bye which should give both players ample time to return to game form, and be ready for the matchup with the Dallas Cowboys October 13th.