Newly acquired center J.D. Walton won’t play for the Redskins in 2013. Instead, he was claimed off waivers with the intention of using him next season, Coach Mike Shanahan said on Thursday.
“We liked him out of college,” Shanahan said. “We liked how he played in Denver the first couple years. Those are the reasons we claimed him. …This is for the future. It will be him coming back to the squad next year and competing with the rest of the offensive linemen.”
Walton played with Robert Griffin III at Baylor, then was drafted in the third round in 2010 by the Broncos. He started all 16 games in 2010 and 2011 but his 2012 season ended after four games because of a broken and dislocated ankle.
The 26-year-old has not played since.
“Robert gave him the highest recommendation as a person,” Shanahan said, referring to Griffin. “But we’ll go back and look at the film. We’ve liked what we saw. …You can see he’s a football player. You’ve always got a question mark with the medical, but well see that in time.”
Walton declined to speak to reporters, saying, “I’m not a media guy.”