Washington protects three practice squad players for Week 10

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The Washington Football Team protected three players ahead of Sunday’s Week 10 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Defensive end Bunmi Rotimi, quarterback Kyle Shurmur and offensive tackle David Steinmetz were protected by Washington on Tuesday.

Washington often chooses to protect different players each week, likely based on injuries at specific positions. In Rotimi’s case, defensive end Montez Sweat is out with a fractured jaw for at least a month. That leaves Chase Young, James Smith-Williams, Casey Toohill and Shaka Toney as the defensive ends on the active roster.

Toney doesn’t have a lot of experience and has battled an injury.

Shurmur is protected again because Washington only has two healthy quarterbacks on the active roster in Taylor Heinicke and Kyle Allen. It will be interesting to see if Washington protects Shurmur if Ryan Fitzpatrick returns to the roster.

Washington protected Steinmetz with uncertainty on the offensive line. While Brandon Scherff, Sam Cosmi and Ereck Flowers returned to practice and Cornelius Lucas is also expected back, it’s still too far away from Sunday to see who will be available.

Washington hosts the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.