After Clinton Portis, Derrick Dockery, and Andre Carter were released by the Washington Redskins last week, it was reported by Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network that nose tackle Maake Kemoeatu would be released prior to rosters being frozen by the impasse in labor negotiations.
That would have been last Thursday, but no word of any move involving Kemoeatu has been released by the team and he remains on the team's roster on its official website.
Kemoeatu signed a two-year deal last year and he was expected to fill the nose tackle position, a critical area in the Redskins' new 3-4 defense. However, he came to the Redskins still on the mend from an Achilles injury he suffered in training camp in 2009 when he played for the Panthers. On top of that, a shoulder injury limited his effectiveness once his Achilles improved. Anthony Bryant showed some promise at nose tackle at the end of the year after Kemoeatu was benched and, finally, put on injured reserve.
Although it would be surprising to see Kemoeatu on the Redskins' 2011 opening day roster, he remains there for the time being.