Bruton (concussion) was released from the Redskins' injured reserve Friday, The Washington Post reports. Bruton, who signed a three-year, $9.15 million deal with the Redskins in the offseason, had been on IR since sustaining a concussion earlier on in the season. The team promoted Dashaun Phillips from the practice squad in a corresponding move.
Bruton entered the NFL's concussion protocol on Monday. Bruton will need to pass a series of tests before being allowed back on the field. Through four games, the Notre Dame product sits second on the team in tackles and would be a tough loss if he can't play in Week 5, considering the Redskins are already down starting CB Bashaud Breeland (ankle) and FS DeAngelo Hall (knee).
Washington and Bruton agreed to a contract Monday, Stephen Czarda of the team's official site reports. The veteran safety primarily served on special teams during his seven-year stint with the Broncos, but eight starts litter his 104 career games. Last season, he received three nods in 13 appearances before suffering a season-ending broken right fibula in Week 15, finishing with 49 tackles (37 solo), two interceptions, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and one sack. Although he missed Denver's run to Super Bowl glory, he'll have the opportunity to lock down the first regular starting gig as a professional with Washington.
Bruton (leg) was placed Tuesday on season-ending injured reserve, Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports. Bruton unknowingly played through a fractured fibula during Sunday's loss to the Steelers, but after a post-game MRI confirmed the extent of the injury, his season will come to an early end. With starting safeties T.J. Ward (ankle) and Darian Stewart (hamstring) both still injured, the Broncos signed Shaun Prater on Tuesday.
Bruton suffered a broken right fibula during Sunday's game against the Steelers, and while he played through the ailment, he will now miss four to six weeks, the Denver Post reports. X-rays reportedly didn't show any breaks, but an later MRI confirmed the fracture, a fairly incredible result given that Bruton was able to continue playing after suffering the injury when he collided with teammate Aqib Talib. Bruton, who has not been placed on season-ending injured reserve, has a career-high 42 tackles, one sack and two interceptions this season.