Francis was released by the Redskins on Saturday, Mike Jones of The Washington Post reports.
Francis failed to make much, if any, of an impact for the Redskins this season and was released in order to activate offensive lineman Kory Lichtensteiger off injured reserve.
Francis was promoted to the active roster Tuesday, Stephen Czarda of the team's official site reports.
After waiving long snapper Rick Lovato, Washington promoted Francis from the practice squad. The 26-year-old will serve as a depth defensive lineman, playing behind the likes of Ziggy Hood and Matthew Ioannidis.
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