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Skins place Williams, Doughty on IR

12/30/2009

The Redskins have placed offensive lineman Mike Williams (toe) and safety Reed Doughty (ankle) on injured reserve and signed running back P.J. Hill and cornerback Marcus McCauley to their 53-man roster. Hill was a beast of a running back at Wisconsin, where he nearly gained 4,000 yards. He signed with the Saints as a free-agent rookie and then he ended up on the Eagles' 53-man roster when Brian Westbrook was injured.

McCauley was a third-round draft pick by the Vikings in '07 and he played in all 16 games that season. He's sort of bounced around the league since then, but he hasn't had a lot of playing time. The fact that he's started 10 games in the league makes him a viable candidate to compete for playing time in Washington. The Redskins have soured on former Auburn star Carlos Rogers at cornerback. These are the first moves by general manager Bruce Allen and you should expect many, many more in the offseason.

Of course, a coaching hire will be the first major point of emphasis. Once that's done, Allen and the new coach will begin overhauling a roster that is an absolute mess. We'll keep you posted on all the developments.

Williams was a nice story in the offseason, and it was pretty remarkable that he started eight games this season. Doughty had his moments this season, but it's not like he's the future starter at safety.