​The Washington ​Redskins signed 6-5, 331 pound defensive tackle AJ Francis to the team's active roster Tuesday. Francis has been on the Redskins practice squad for much of this year waiting for an opportunity to prove his worth.


In order to make room for the nose tackle, Washington decided to waive long snapper Rick Lovato after two games. Lovato was signed last week after long time snapper Nick Sundberg tweaked his back lifting weights while getting ready for the Green Bay Packers game. Lovato played well, but was only a quick fix based solely on need.


The Redskins waiving Lovato points to Sundberg being 100% ready to get back to work.


Francis, 26, was originally signed by the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Maryland in 2013. He has started three games in his career, logging one solo tackle and one combined. Francis will wear the number 69 jersey for the Redskins.

The Redskins were forced to waive defensive tackle Jordan Hill as the corresponding move when the team originally signed Lovato. Hill was claimed off waivers by the Jacksonville Jaguars last Monday. The Francis signing gives the team seven defensive lineman.


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