Redskins notes: Bowen, Carriker restructure

September, 4, 2013
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  • The Redskins have returned to lockdown mode when it comes to injuries. Because they don’t have to release an injury report until Thursday, thanks to playing on Monday, we don’t know how much safety Brandon Meriweather practiced -- if at all.
Meriweather did not practice Monday because of a groin injury. But we’ll find out more about his status Thursday.

Coach Mike Shanahan did let us know that “our quarterbacks are both doing well.” Believe it or not, for once, we did not even ask him about the quarterback’s health. That’s probably the first time that’s happened since Dec. 7 -- two days before the Baltimore game last season.
  • The Redskins restructured two more contracts, doing so with defensive ends Stephen Bowen and Adam Carriker. According to the Washington Post, the moves saved the Redskins another $1.3 million against the salary cap. They cleared out an additional $2.4 million earlier this week by restructuring nose tackle Barry Cofield's deal.

The Redskins had to be in compliance with the salary cap Wednesday (along with every other NFL team). The problem for Washington is that it has two suspended players who still count against the salary cap in end Jarvis Jenkins and linebacker Rob Jackson. And it has four players on injured reserve and the physically unable to perform list, who count against the cap as well.

Shanahan said they did not release any players in the final cuts for monetary reasons.
  • Redskins corner DeAngelo Hall said it was a no-brainer for the Eagles to name Michael Vick as the starting quarterback (which they did before the preseason ended).

“I didn’t think it would be a competition,” Hall said. “Mike fit perfectly into what they wanted him to do as far as running that offense. ... He’ll be juiced up. He’s playing for a contract. They’re talking about running him out of town, so he has a lot of added pressure on himself to go out and make plays.”
  • One of the players who routinely stays after practice for more work, whether it’s running sprints or catching passes? Running back Alfred Morris. Add it to the list of reasons why Morris won’t suffer a so-called sophomore slump.

John Keim

ESPN Washington Redskins reporter

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