Redskins place Rob Kelley, Will Compton on injured reserve

Lester Mason
November 15, 2017

The Washington Redskins made a series of moves on Tuesday, headlined by placing running back Robert Kelley on injured reserve, the team announced. Defensive line Brandon Banks was waived, while defensive lineman Tavaris Barnes was released from the practice squad. Kelley was hurt pretty much from the jump this season, injuring his ribs before spraining his ankle.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Redskins have placed the 25-year-old on season-ending IR due to a high-ankle sprain and a sprained MCL in his left knee, signing Byron Marshall to take his spot on the roster.

It effectively ends what has been a disappointing season for Kelley, as he compiled just 194 yards on 62 carries with three touchdowns and four catches for 18 receiving yards in seven games. Now in his second season, Kelley was off a rookie campaign in which he compiled 704 yards on 168 touches with six touchdowns on the ground. The 2017 fourth-round pick is now averaging just 3.2 yards per carry (210 yards on 66 attempts), but Gruden believes his fresh legs and powerful running style could be an issue against exhausted defenses late in the season. The Redskins will move forward with Chris Thompson as their lead back and Samaje Perine trying to do some heavy lifting between the tackles.

Compton suffered a Lisfranc sprain Sunday. Third-year player Martrell Spaight will step into the middle linebacker role. He has appeared in 34 games, making 36 tackles and three sacks.

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