The Redskins will place safety David Bruton on IR, according to Master Tesfatsion of The Washington Post (on Twitter). It’s not immediately clear what the injury is or if Bruton will be a candidate to return later this season.
Bruton’s injury would explain the Redskins’ signing of Donte Whitner earlier today. With Bruton out, the Redskins are down one starter and Whitner should provide some valuable veteran depth. Since he is just getting acclimated to the system, it is fair to assume that Whitner will start out on the bench with Duke Ihenacho stepping into the starting role. The Bruton injury is yet another bad break for the Redskins secondary after DeAngelo Hall tore his ACL.
Bruton signed on with Washington in mid-March on a three-year, $9MM deal. Bruton spent the first seven years of his NFL career in Denver, playing a key role for the Broncos team that won the Super Bowl last month. A special-teamer and a backup for most of his career, Bruton saw more action on defense in 2015 due to injuries, and set career highs in several categories, including tackles (43), interceptions (two), and passes defended (seven).
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