The Redskins made some roster moves on Tuesday with more to come at some point soon.
The team placed defensive end Stephen Bowen on injured reserve due to a knee injury. Mike Shanahan said today that the veteran will have surgery on the knee next week. Bowen had started all 42 games since joining the team before being inactive for last night’s game against the 49ers.
They also waived cornerback Jerome Murphy, who had appeared in all 11 games this year, mostly on special teams.
Today's moves left the Redskins with 52 players on the active roster so they have one more to fill.
That left the team with two open roster spots. They filled one of them by promoting wide receiver Josh Bellamy from the practice squad. Bellamy had just been signed to the practice squad last week. The 24-year-old has appeared in three NFL games, all with the Chiefs in 2012. He did some kickoff returning for Kansas City, averaging 18.5 yards on four returns.
The addition of Bellamy leaves the Redskins with seven wide receivers. They had five for most of the season but they have added Nick Williams, Lance Lewis, and Bellamy off of the practice squad in the last few weeks. The only subtraction from the wide receiver corps came when Leonard Hankerson went to injured reserve.
Washington filled Bellamy’s practice squad spot with wide receiver Peyton Thompson, who spent last season on the Falcons’ practice squad.