Offensive guard Arie Kouandjio was the Redskins’ 2015 fourth-round draft pick. (Toni L. Sandys/ The Washington Post)
Looking for some offensive line depth heading into Sunday’s game against the Cowboys, the Redskins added a pair of linemen to their 53-man roster Saturday, picking up free agent Orlando Franklin and signing Arie Kouandjio off the Ravens’ practice squad.
To make room for the new players, the Redskins released running back Mack Brown and placed linebacker Mason Foster on injured reserves.
Washington suffered a series of injuries in Monday’s loss at Philadelphia and depth figures to be a major concern along the offensive line. Center Spencer Long has been ruled out, while three other starters — tackles Trent Williams and Morgan Moses, along with guard Brandon Scherff — are listed as questionable for Sunday’s game.
Franklin, 29, is a former second-round pick who racked up 89 career starts from 2011 to 2016 with the Broncos and Chargers. The Chargers released him in the spring, and he was briefly in training camp with the Saints this year but was released after only a few days.
Kouandjio, who is listed as 6-foot-5 and 316 pounds, was the Redskins fourth-round pick in 2015 and was waived following training camp in September. The Alabama product played in five games in 2015 and three last season, including two starts, for the Redskins. Because Washington was signed off the Ravens’ practice squad, he stands to earn game checks for the next three games, even if he’s not on the Redskins’ active roster for those games.
Foster is expected to undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum, and Redskins Coach Jay Gruden said Friday that his season is over.
Brown, an undrafted free agent who spent the 2015 season on and off the Redskins’ practice squad, had shown flashes of potential. He was the NFL’s leading rusher in the 2016 preseason, but he never had much impact in the regular season. Brown appeared in three games for the Redskins this season, totaling 29 yards on eight carries.