Killings, Clemons cut as Redskins set 53-man roster

Updated: September 2, 2006, 10:25 PM ET
Associated Press

ASHBURN, Va. -- The Washington Redskins set their 53-man roster Saturday by releasing 21 players, including a pair of backup defensive linemen who contributed to last year's playoff run.

Cedric Killings and Nic Clemons were the only cuts who got substantial playing time last year. Killings played in 10 games and had one start, while Clemons played in eight games. Both played in Washington's two playoff games.

They essentially were replaced this year by a pair of draft picks. Fifth-round selection Anthony Montgomery from Minnesota and sixth-rounder Kedric Golston from Georgia both made the team.

Two of the six draft choices weren't as fortunate. Seventh-round pick Kili Lefotu, an offensive lineman from Arizona, was released Saturday. Another seventh-rounder, linebacker Kevin Simon from Tennessee, was sent home in the first wave of cuts Tuesday.

The other draft picks on the roster are linebacker Rocky McIntosh (second round) from Miami and safety Reed Doughty (sixth round) from Northern Colorado.

The Redskins have their most talented roster in years, so fewer spots were up for grabs in the final days of the exhibition season. The team is so deep at receiver that 10-year veteran David Patten will start the season as the No. 4 receiver behind Santana Moss, Brandon Lloyd and Antwaan Randle El.

The other players released Saturday are defensive backs Julian Battle, Curry Burns, John Eubanks and Christian Morton; defensive Vaka Manupuna and Joe Sykes; receivers Mike Espy, Jimmy Farris, Steven Harris and Richard Smith; offensive linemen Spencer Folau, Jasper Harvey, Chris Pino; running back A.J. Harris; linebackers Spencer Havner and Robert McCune; tight end Buck Ortega; and fullback Manuel White.

Some of those players will be on the eight-man practice squad, which will be announced Sunday. Also, linebacker Philippe Gardent from France will spend the season as an extra member of the practice squad as part of an international development program.

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