With several safeties nursing nagging injuries, the Redskins moved to bolster the position for Sunday's game at Minnesota by adding veteran free-agent Omar Stoutmire, who played for the team in 2006 and was also in training camp with Washington this summer.
An 11-year veteran, Stoutmire is familiar with the design of defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and, assuming he is in good shape physically, could be ready to contribute quickly if needed.
Reserve safeties Pierson Priloeau and Vernon Fox both sustained minor injuries in last week's victory over the New York Giants and starting strong safety LaRon Landry has been playing at less than 100 percent. Landry missed the team's Thursday practice with an undisclosed injury.
The matchup with the Vikings is key to the Redskins, who are still clinging to faint NFC wild-card hopes.
Minnesota features a run-oriented offense, with tailbacks Adrian Peterson and Chester Taylor, and the Washington safeties will have to have a strong outing against the Vikings' ground attack. Stoutmire has always been a physical tackler, a defender who supports well against the run but who is often a liability against the pass.
Since they already had a roster spot because of some roster shuffling earlier in the week, the Redskins did not have to make a corresponding move to add the veteran safety.
The much-traveled Stoutmire, 33, has appeared in 132 games and has 423 tackles, seven interceptions, 28 passes defensed, five sacks and four forced fumbles.
The former Fresno State standout has played with the Dallas Cowboys (1997-98), New York Jets (1999), Giants (2000), Washington (2005) and New Orleans Saints (2006). He appeared in 10 games with the Redskins in 2005.
Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com.