Out At Redskins Park: Mending A Broken Roster

Cooley, Hightower on Injured Reserve

With several players out of the Redskins lineup, to include the newly placed Injured Reserve tight end Chris Cooley, the Redskins have made some adjustments, as to be expected in situations like this.

Or, as Mike Shanahan would say, "For obvious reasons".

Chris Cooley during training camp, chatting it up with former Redskin Joe Theisman.
Photo/CD Brown.

Adjustments that include picking up tight end Dominique Byrd and offensive lineman Jonathan Compas.

Byrd (6-3, 255) was originally drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the third round (93rd overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft. Byrd has six career receptions for 83 yards and a touchdown in 15 career games. After two seasons with the Rams, he was released on April 29, 2008 before signing with the Arizona Cardinals on May 5, 2009 after spending a year out of football. He was released on Nov. 24 before resigning with Arizona to a reserve/futures contract on Jan. 21, 2010. He was released on Aug. 30 prior to signing a reserve/futures contract with the Seattle Seahawks on Jan. 21, 2011. He was released by the Seahawks on Aug. 13.

Byrd played collegiately at Southern California from 2002-05, where he played his final two seasons with current Redskins tight end Fred Davis. In his time at USC, he appeared in 39 games and totaled 81 receptions for 968 yards and four touchdowns. In 2004, he was All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention.

Compas (6-3, 300) originally signed with the Oakland Raiders as a college free agent on April 29, 2009 before being waived on Aug. 31. He was claimed off of waivers by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sept. 1. He appeared in two games with the Buccaneers before being released on Sept. 24, 2010. He signed with the New England Patriots on Aug. 3, 2011 before being released on Sept. 2.

Compas played collegiately at UC Davis (Calif.), where he appeared in 36 regular season games from 2005-08. Compas, who received starts at both right guard and right tackle during his college career, received first team All-Great West honors in his sophomore, junior and senior seasons.

Tim Hightower carried for 88 yards against Carolina on Sunday.
Photo/Aaron J. for DC UrbanSports

Davis (5-10, 212) originally signed with the Detroit Lions as a college free agent on Aug. 24, 2009 before joining the team’s practice squad on Sept. 6. He was released on Oct. 30 before joining the Miami Dolphins’ practice squad on Nov. 9. He was signed to the Dolphins’ offseason roster Jan. 6, 2010 before being released on Aug. 23. He signed with the Minnesota Vikings as a free agent on July 31, 2011 before being released on Sept. 2 and joining the New Orleans Saints’ practice squad on Sept. 21. He was released a day later, and was added to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ practice squad on Oct. 5 and was later released by the Steelers on Oct. 18.

Following a redshirt year during Auburn’s undefeated season in 2004, Davis played collegiately at Auburn from 2005-08, seeing action at both safety and running back in addition to handling kick return duties. Davis appeared in 36 games, rushing 19 times for 253 yards and three touchdowns during his college career. He also amassed 1,455 yards and two touchdowns on 55 kick returns. In 2006, he totaled a then-school-record 756 kickoff return yards.

The team has to make do with the loss of Santana Moss ( out 5-7 weeks with broken finger), Tim Hightower (season ending ACL tear/IR), and London Fletcher ( hamstring).

Cooley will more than likely be out for the season as well, leaving coach Shanahan with yet another executive decision to make: whether to keep Cooley and hope he heals down the road to return at a later time, or release him from the Redskins roster.

Stay tuned.

As previously posted, John 'I- Don't-Mean-To-Be-Rude-but-I'm-moving-forward' Beck replaced Rex Grossman as starting quarterback.

And Terrell Owens is still available*.

----- UPDATE

The Redskins have waived offensive lineman Jonathan Campos, sign Brandyn Thompson.

The Washington Redskins announced today that they have signed cornerback Brandyn Thompson to the team’s 53-man roster.

Thompson (5-10, 177) spent the first four weeks of the season on the Redskins’ active roster, appearing in two games. Thompson saw action at cornerback in the Redskins’ Week 2 win against Arizona, and he appeared on special teams in Washington’s Week 3 game against Dallas.

Thompson was selected by the Redskins in the seventh round of the 2011 NFL Draft last April after having appeared in 49 games at Boise State. For his college career, he amassed 146 tackles (95 solo), seven tackles for a loss, 13 interceptions and three fumble recoveries.

*note to Shanahan: Go get him!