Patience paid off Tuesday for Redskins tight end Rob Myers and defensive end Doug Worthington, who were promoted from the practice squad and could make their NFL debuts Saturday against Minnesota.
Tight end Dominique Byrd was released and the Redskins had yet to fill LaRon Landrys roster spot.
Worthington has been with on the practice squad all season and Myers signed on Nov. 15.
Its a blessing, Worthington said. Its a great experience to be on the 53 and for them to think highly of what theyre seeing on the practice field and can maybe translate into these guys winning a game is huge for me.
Said Myers: It sounds really clichd, but its Christmas coming early.
Worthington was a seventh round pick by Pittsburgh last year, but was released after training camp and signed with Tampa Bays practice squad last November and cut early in last summers camp.
Dougs worked extremely hard giving us a great look on the scout team and we think he has a future in the 3-4 defense, coach Mike Shanahan said.
As he saw other members of the Week 1 practice squad like Evan Royster and Maurice Hurt get promoted, Worthington kept plugging away to make an impression.
You always want to play were competitors in this profession and every guy on the practice squad wants to be moved up, he said. You have five toes in the door but you have to keep working because it means you have five toes outside the door.
Myers NFL stops read like the league standings: The Jets, Philadelphia, New England, Buffalo, Indianapolis and now the Redskins.
Myers sustained a rib injury in Colts camp this summer and returned home to Houston unsure of his future.
I didnt get any calls and I started getting my resume together, he said. I got a call from these guys and I was very happy to just be on the practice squad and be back in the mix. But this is awesome.
Myers has a decent chance of playing since the Redskins used three tight ends last week and Mike Sellers is still recovering from an elbow injury.
Weve liked what weve seen in practice, Shanahan said. He has some excellent speed, some excellent receiving skills. Well get a chance to look at him this week.
By NFL rule, the Redskins werent required to release an official injury report but Shanahan provided some details after practice.
Right tackle Jammal Brown (groin) and fullback Mike Sellers (right elbow) were limited after missing Sundays game.
Cornerback Josh Wilson (head) passed his concussion test and practiced, but running back Roy Helu (knee, toe) did not practice. Shanahan expects Helu to be available Wednesday.
Alexander Has One Vote
Although he has played only seven snaps on defense this year, Lorenzo Alexander continues to make an impact. He leads the Redskins with 18 special teams tackles.
Regarding the Pro Bowl vote, Shanahan said: I dont know how you dont vote for him. If the coaches vote, because they study the tapes, he would be No. 1. Thats how dominating a player he is. I havent seen a guy get consistently double- and triple-teamed and go down and make tackles. That doesnt happen at this level.
Shanahan said he expected to meet with suspended tight end Fred Davis and left tackle Trent Williams later Tuesday. The league has cleared the players to return to the team complex.
The Redskins are 6.5-point favorites over the Vikings, the first time since Week 2 against Arizona they are playing in this role.
Vikings defensive end Jared Allen enters the game second in the NFL with 17.5 sacks and first with four fumble recoveries.
The Redskins signed tight end Schuylar Oordt and safety Michael Hamlin to the practice squad.
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