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Redskins place RB Robert Kelley on IR

Dec 24, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Washington Redskins running back Robert Kelley (32) gains yardage against the Chicago Bears during the first half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports
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The Washington Redskins made a series of moves on Tuesday, headlined by placing running back Robert Kelley on injured reserve, the team announced. Also landing on IR was linebacker Will Compton.

With room on the roster, the Redskins signed running back Byron Marshall and defensive end Caraun Reid. Defensive line Brandon Banks was waived, while defensive lineman Tavaris Barnes was released from the practice squad.

Both Kelley and Compton suffered respective injuries during Sunday’s 38-30 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. The running back was injured during the second quarter, and head coach Jay Gruden confirmed on Monday that Kelley re-aggravated a high ankle sprain while spraining his MCL on the play.

Riddled by injuries this year, the tailback posted 194 yards on 62 carries with three scores. Currently 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.

His absence will likely mean more time for rookie Samaje Perine, who’s off to a slow start but still garnering rave reviews from Gruden.

“By looking at him at Oklahoma and what we’ve seen from the little bit of him here, [he’s] probably better as the game goes on,” Gruden said, per the team site. “I think he’s the type of guy that can wear down a defense and then his low center of gravity will take over and he’ll be able to bounce off some tackles.”

After being torched for 38 points Sunday, the Redskins have another challenge ahead when they travel to take on the 7-2 New Orleans Saints in Week 11.



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