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Washington releases Phillip Merling, John Potter

John Potter AP

The Redskins have released defensive end Phillip Merling and placekicker John Potter, head coach Mike Shanahan said Tuesday, according to Rich Tandler of CSNWashington.com.

Redskins defensive end Jarvis Jenkins and outside linebacker Rob Jackson are eligible to return to the roster after serving four-game suspensions to begin the regular season.

The 28-year-old Merling appeared in three regular-season games for Washington, recording two tackles. Merling has previously played for Miami (2008-2011) and Green Bay (2012).

Potter, a second-pro from Western Michigan, hit 3-of-4 field goals in three games in place of Kai Forbath, who missed time with a groin injury. The 23-year-old Potter also forced touchbacks on 8-of-14 kickoffs.

Washington has its bye in Week Five. It next plays on Sunday, Oct. 13 at Dallas.

UPDATE 1:03 p.m. ET: Washington gets roster exemptions of one week for Jackson and Jenkins, according to Mark Maske of the Washington Post. This means they have two extra spots for that period of time.

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6 Responses to “Washington releases Phillip Merling, John Potter”
  1. jimthebuilder27 says: Oct 1, 2013 1:11 PM

    The Walking Dead season premiere came a month early!

    It was the Redskins season opener. They’ve been walking dead since.

  2. trollingforjustice says: Oct 1, 2013 1:52 PM

    Potter was very scary to watch when kicking field goals…..

  3. gregmorris78 says: Oct 1, 2013 2:00 PM

    But he could boom if far on kickoffs.

    I watched Potter during the preseason and he has a leg.

    Welcome back Jenkins and Jackson. Now we should be a little improved on D.

    Shannahan had penciled the fifth game at Dallas (week six) to roll out the pistol again.

    I am so thankful my skins tickets are still in it…

  4. ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Oct 1, 2013 2:02 PM

    I guarantee the Redskins will not lose this weekend!!!
    Where U at Illogical one? Where u at?

  5. blackqbwhiterb says: Oct 1, 2013 2:05 PM

    Don’t worry, boys, soon as the next one gets caught Shanny’ll call you back!

  6. nemesder says: Oct 2, 2013 6:55 PM

    Jenkins is a good run stopper good to have him back

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