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Redskins pluck linebacker from Packers practice squad

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The suspension of tackle Jordan Black for violating the league’s performance enhancing drug policy (whatever he might have used to trigger a positive test) as left the Redskins’ offensive line in a pretty bad way heading into Week 16.

It also left the Redskins with an open roster spot, although they’ve chosen not to fill it with another player at the same position. The Redskins announced Wednesday that they have signed linebacker Vic So’oto off of the Packers’ practice squad. He’ll be with the team for at least the next two weeks and would spend a guaranteed third week on the roster if they make it to the playoffs by virtue of the rules concerning signing players off of other teams’ practice squads.

So’oto has bounced on and off the Green Bay practice squad over the last two years. He was an undrafted rookie in 2011 and wound up playing seven games for the team, recording one sack, and was released in September of this year. He was signed by the Raiders, for whom he played four games, then returned to the Packers after Oakland moved in another direction.

If So’oto is active, he’ll likely see most of his time on special teams barring an injury to one of the Redskins’ other linebackers.

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15 Responses to “Redskins pluck linebacker from Packers practice squad”
  1. cwillz13 says: Dec 19, 2012 12:13 PM

    I dont understand this pick up.. but HTTR anyways.

  2. S.Nevada says: Dec 19, 2012 12:16 PM

    Championship!

  3. onearmsteven says: Dec 19, 2012 12:23 PM

    cwillz13 says:
    Dec 19, 2012 12:13 PM
    I dont understand this pick up.. but HTTR anyways.

    Alexander and Fletcher are hurt. We have Gettis, Compton, and Leribeus as backup OL still under contract.

  4. blackfoot11 says: Dec 19, 2012 12:27 PM

    This is likely due to the healthy reserves the ‘Skins have on the Oline and positive news on RT Tyler Polumbus concussion. They have 2 Guards and 2 OTs that can step in and play at their primary or swing positions. The confidence in the O-line backups allows them to carry another LB for special teams/reserve defensive purposes. HTTR.

  5. cwillz13 says: Dec 19, 2012 12:36 PM

    onearmsteven says: Dec 19, 2012 12:23 PM

    cwillz13 says:
    Dec 19, 2012 12:13 PM
    I dont understand this pick up.. but HTTR anyways.

    Alexander and Fletcher are hurt. We have Gettis, Compton, and Leribeus as backup OL still under contract.

    Good call!

  6. mute617 says: Dec 19, 2012 12:38 PM

    I like So’oto. Good luck in Washington

  7. jessethegreat says: Dec 19, 2012 12:40 PM

    Though so’oto hasn’t delivered much in the regular season, he looked great in the preseason a couple years ago. Seemed he had the ability of KGB to get after the qb. Too bad he never delivered any of that lined across from CMIII to take some of the pressure off him

  8. jammer88 says: Dec 19, 2012 12:52 PM

    So we have the 31st ranked DB backfield in the league, we have just lost a good o-lineman in Jordon Black who was playing on an already weak oline and what do the Redskins do? Well of course, they pick up a LB off the Green Bay practice squad. Now, why didn’t I think of that?

  9. skinsaneasylum says: Dec 19, 2012 12:57 PM

    “The suspension of tackle Jordan Black for violating the league’s performance enhancing drug policy has left the Redskins’ offensive line in a pretty bad way heading into Week 16.”

    I guess? How bad of a spot does losing your 3rd string Tackle honestly put you in though?

    The starter is back at practice today after suffering a mild concussion and still needs to be cleared by doctors…but that still leaves the 2nd strong Tackle, Tom Compton ready to go.

    Not sure they actually are in that bad of a spot, but whatever floats your boat.

  10. skinsaneasylum says: Dec 19, 2012 12:59 PM

    Lorenzo Alexander is injured at LB….hence the signing of a LB. Come on people, pay attention.

  11. jjbadd385 says: Dec 19, 2012 1:10 PM

    Just a quick question, that’s sort of, on the same subject: What if any pay do players get for being on a teams practice squad?

  12. tramonisland says: Dec 19, 2012 1:10 PM

    Go ahead and take him. The guy was invisible all year. Ironically the Redskins are telling packer fans the same thing about Ryan Grant.

  13. jwreck says: Dec 19, 2012 3:52 PM

    jammer88 says: Dec 19, 2012 12:52 PM

    So we have the 31st ranked DB backfield in the league, we have just lost a good o-lineman in Jordon Black who was playing on an already weak oline and what do the Redskins do? Well of course, they pick up a LB off the Green Bay practice squad. Now, why didn’t I think of that?
    ________
    A “good” lineman? Have you seen Black take a snap on the offensive line? To put it mildly, if it turns out he was taking PEDs, he should really get his money back.

    And yes, Washington has the 31st ranked defensive backfield, but who are they going to sign, going into week 15 of the regular season, that will noticeably improve their secondary? Has Nick Collins magically healed his neck and is now sitting around the house waiting for an offer? Has Darrell Green gone all Benjamin Button and aged backwards to 23?

    The secondary is obviously Washington’s area of greatest need, but at this point in the season there is no one who can come in off the street and take a job away from any of Washington’s starters.

    Point being, Shanahan’s roster moves over the last three years have transformed an aging 4-12 team into one of the league’s youngest in a strong position for a playoff spot. Think what you want about this move, but Shanny has more than earned the benefit of the doubt at this point.

  14. axespray says: Dec 19, 2012 7:00 PM

    Kid has potential – he made a ton of plays in the preseason for us – it just hasn’t translated in the regular season (yet) ….
    Good luck to So’oto.

  15. allidoiswin55 says: Dec 22, 2012 4:06 AM

    **jjbad385**

    Practice players song paid I have a few friends on the Hawks and they told me every year the minimum increases for both but to keep it simple.

    Practice Squad = about $130,000
    Active roster = about $280,000

    It could be more based on experience and years in the league.

    Either way root for these guys they all are not rich! Still all are professionals and approach the nfl as a real job unlike others who collect fines like 40 and 50K like it ain’t sh*t lol..

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