Redskins Cut 24 Players From Roster

The Washington Redskins are going with John Beck and Rex Grossman - and no one else.

Coach Mike Shanahan opted to keep just two quarterbacks Saturday as the Redskins cut 24 players to set the 53-man roster going into the first week of the regular season.

Quarterbacks Kellen Clemens and Matt Gutierrez were sent packing, leaving room for eight receivers.  The extra spot essentially goes to Brandon Banks, who is expected to see scant time as a wideout but is a game-breaking threat as a return man, provided he can stay healthy.

Among the veterans who failed to make the cut was offensive lineman Artis Hicks, who started 10 games for the Redskins last season but has been supplanted by free agent signing Chris Chester.  Of the Redskins' three backup offensive linemen, eight-year veteran Sean Locklear is the only one with NFL experience.

Eight of the team's 12 draft picks made the roster. Sixth-round running back Evan Royster, sixth-round receiver Aldrick Robinson and seventh-round offensive lineman Maurice Hurt were cut, and second-round defensive end Jarvis Jenkins is on injured reserve with a torn knee ligament.

The 53-man squad does not include safety Kareem Moore, who starts the season on the physically unable to perform list because of a knee injury. Moore must sit out at least six games before he
can be activated.

Safety LaRon Landry, who began training camp on the PUP list, was moved to the active roster. Still, his status is uncertain for the Sept. 11 opener against the New York Giants because of a hamstring injury.

Cornerback Phillip Buchanon, who is suspended for the first four games for violating the NFL's drug policy, also doesn't count toward the total of 53.

Also cut were receivers Aldrick Robinson and Isaac Anderson; linebackers Edgar Jones, Horatio Blades and Thaddeus Gibson; nose tackle Anthony Bryant; tackles Clint Oldenburg and Selvish Capers; tight ends Derek Schouman and Tony Curtis; running backs Keiland Williams and Shaun Draughn; safeties Anderson Russell and Chris Horton; cornerback Reggie Jones; center Donovan Raiola; and defensive ends Jeff Stehle and Doug Worthington.

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