The Washington Redskins have placed starting running back Rob Kelley and inside linebacker Will Compton on injured reserve.
Kelley and Compton were both hurt in Sunday’s 38-30 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, which dropped Washington’s record to 4-5 heading into next weekend’s game at the NFC South-leading New Orleans Saints.
Kelley suffered a high ankle sprain and also sprained his left MCL in the first half. He had missed two other games and also parts of other contests because of various injuries this season. Kelley had only carried 62 times for 194 yards, with three touchdowns, for an average of 3.2 yards per carry.
The Redskins signed running back Byron Marshall off the Philadelphia Eagles’ practice squad to take his place. Washington will use Samaje Perine as its primary back, with Chris Thompson remaining in his third-down role.
Compton suffered a Lisfranc sprain on Sunday. He had taken over for Mason Foster at inside linebacker; Foster’s season ended last month because of a separated shoulder. Martrell Spaight will take over for Compton.
According to ESPN, the Redskins will sign linebacker Zach Vigil to take Compton’s spot on the roster. Vigil was cut by the Redskins this summer.
The Redskins also have two other defensive starters on injured reserve: nose tackle Phil Taylor and lineman Jonathan Allen.
The Redskins signed defensive lineman Caraun Reid. Matt Ioannidis, who has started at tackle in their nickel defense, has missed the past two games with a fractured left hand.