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December 30, 2018 10:56 AM
Cardinals' D.J. Swearinger: Cardinals debut put on hold
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Swearinger won't play in Sunday's season finale versus the Seahawks, Bob McManaman of The Arizona Republic reports.

Swearinger has been with the Cardinals for less than a week, which wasn't enough time to learn the playbook and get into the lineup. He'll look to start fresh in his second stint with Arizona next season. Swearinger could battle for a hefty role since he had 53 tackles, 10 pass breakups and four interceptions this season, although current starters Budda Baker and Antonie Bethea are both signed for three more years.

December 26, 2018 09:04 AM
Cardinals' D.J. Swearinger: Lands with Arizona
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Swearinger posted on his personal Instagram account Tuesday that he was claimed off waivers by the Cardinals.

The Redskins informed the veteran safety of his release from the team Monday, two days after he criticized defensive coordinator Greg Manusky's playcalling in the Week 16 loss to the Titans. Though many teams were believed to be interested in scooping up Swearinger off waivers, he'll ultimately land back in Arizona, where he played for portions of the 2015 and 2016 seasons. He'll likely check in as the No. 3 safety on the depth chart behind starters Antoine Bethea and Budda Baker.

December 24, 2018 11:52 AM
D.J. Swearinger: Released by Redskins
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Swearinger was released by the Redskins on Monday, Grant Paulsen of The Athletic reports.

Swearinger comes shortly after he criticized his coaches. Coach Jay Gruden talked about Swearinger's comments after Sunday's loss to the Titans, saying, "what he's doing is not helpful one bit," and, "it is a distraction," JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports. Swearinger had been a starting safety for the Redskins and he'll likely have suitors this offseason.

November 21, 2018 01:40 AM
Redskins' D.J. Swearinger: Notches sack in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Swearinger recorded three tackles (all solo), including a sack, and a forced fumble in Sunday's loss to Houston.

Swearinger hasn't recorded many tackles this year, but he's been a quality player for the Redskins. His performance Sunday gives him 37 tackles, including two sacks, nine passes defensed, four interceptions and three forced fumbles on the season. Looking ahead, Swearinger and the Redskins will take on the Cowboys in Week 12.

September 18, 2018 11:56 PM
Redskins' D.J. Swearinger: Two interceptions in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Swearinger recorded three tackles, all solo, two passes defensed and two interceptions across 61 defensive snaps in Sunday's loss to the Colts.

The Redskins held Andrew Luck to just 179 passing yards Sunday, in part due to a pair of timely interceptions by Swearinger. The first came off a Mason Foster batted ball with the Colts driving into Washington territory early in the second quarter. The second came in the third quarter and gave the Redskins back the ball on the Colts' 31-yard line, resulting in a Dustin Hopkins field goal.

August 18, 2018 05:08 PM
Redskins' D.J. Swearinger: Makes preseason debut
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

After missing the preseason opener, Swearinger (hamstring) retook the field during Thursday's Week 2 preseason game.

Swearinger recorded just one tackle on the night, but it's at least a good sign that his hamstring issue appears to be behind him. The seventh-year pro is slated to start at safety for the Redskins again in 2018 after posting career-high marks in defensive snaps (1,095), tackles (61) and interceptions (four) in 2017.

August 9, 2018 08:40 PM
Redskins' D.J. Swearinger: Out for Thursday's preseason opener
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Swearinger (hamstring) will miss the Redskins' preseason opener Thursday, Kimberley A. Martin of The Washington Post reports.

Swearinger is apparently nursing a minor hamstring injury that doesn't look to be too serious. The Redskins appear to be taking the cautious route with their starting safety in hopes of ensuring that he'll be playing in the games that actually count. Either way, we should have a clearer indication of Swearinger's status in the coming days.

January 10, 2018 02:24 AM
Redskins' D.J. Swearinger: Posts 79 tackles on year
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Swearinger recorded 79 tackles (61 solo), 10 passes defensed, four interceptions, one forced fumble and 0.5 sacks across 16 contests this season.

Swearinger's first season in the nation's capital was one for the books, as the safety notched career-highs in almost every statistical category. He was second on the team in tackles and provided a consistent presence in Washington's secondary, as his 1,095 defensive reps were the most on the defensive unit.

November 21, 2017 10:44 PM
Redskins' D.J. Swearinger: Notches another interception
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Swearinger logged his third interception of the season in Sunday's overtime loss to the Saints.

Swearinger now has three picks across the previous two weeks, while he had not recorded any prior to that. The 26-year-old also came one tackle short of a season high by posting six (five solo) on the day. He was one of four Redskins defenders to see all 71 defensive snaps in the contest.

November 15, 2017 09:48 AM
Redskins' D.J. Swearinger: Tallies two picks on loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Swearinger recorded both his first and second interception of the season Sunday against the Vikings.

Swearinger also recorded five tackles (three solo) to go along with his pair of picks. The 26-year-old intercepted Case Keenum with a few minutes left in the third quarter, and then once again on the first play of the fourth. He now has recorded two passes defended in consecutive week.

October 4, 2017 03:34 AM
Redskins' D.J. Swearinger: Five tackles in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Swearinger recorded five tackles (five solo) and a sack in Monday's loss to the Chiefs.

After his participation in practice declined last week, it was suspected that Swearinger would not suit up for Monday's game, but he instead turned in one of his best performances in a Redskins' uniform. He'll now get some extended time to rest and get healthy as the team heads into their bye week.

October 3, 2017 04:20 PM
Redskins' D.J. Swearinger: Active Week 4
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Swearinger (hamstring) is officially active for Monday night's game against the Chiefs.

Swearinger's chances of suiting up seemed increasingly grim while he progressively reduced his practice participation this past week, but he's apparently ready to go for Monday night's tilt. The 26-year-old should resume his starting free safety duties as the Redskins attempt to slow Kareem Hunt and the Chiefs' vaunted rushing attack.

September 30, 2017 02:52 PM
Redskins' D.J. Swearinger: Questionable for Week 4
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Swearinger (hamstring) has been listed as questionable for Monday's tilt versus the Chiefs, John Keim of ESPN reports.

Swearinger has been trending in the wrong direction this week, as he went from full, to limited, to non-participant in consecutive days at practice. Montae Nicholson would presumably fill in at free safety should Swearinger end up not suiting up.

September 19, 2017 07:28 PM
Redskins' D.J. Swearinger: Four tackles in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Swearinger recorded four tackles and played all 50 defensive snaps in Sunday's win over the Rams.

Swearinger was dealing with some back issues earlier in the week but it didn't seem to slow the safety down on Sunday as he recorded the fourth most tackles on the team. The Redskins are dealing with a plethora of injuries in the secondary this week, including Montae Nicholson (shoulder) and Deshazor Everett (knee). Combine that with Su'a Cravens (personal) placement on the reserve/left squad list and suddenly the Redskins are looking very thin at safety, which means they may rely on Swearinger more than they already do in the coming weeks.

September 14, 2017 06:12 PM
Redskins' D.J. Swearinger: Full participant Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Swearinger (back) participated fully at Thursday's practice.

Swearinger was limited at practice Wednesday, so this illustrates that he was likely dealing with a relatively minor back issue. The 26-year-old should be ready to play against the Rams on Sunday after a busy Week 1.

September 14, 2017 10:12 AM
Redskins' D.J. Swearinger: Limited by back injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Swearinger was limited at Wednesday's practice by a back injury.

Swearinger's ability to practice, even in a limited capacity, suggests he'll likely be available Week 2 against the Rams. He played 66 of 68 defensive snaps Week 1 against the Eagles, recording five tackles (all solo) and one pass defensed.

May 28, 2017 08:16 PM
Redskins' D.J. Swearinger: Likely to start at free safety
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Swearinger appears likely to start at free safety for the Redskins this season, John Keim of reports. "He just looks like a safety back there," head coach Jay Gruden noted. "He has got a lot of talent. We know that he's a physical guy, but as far as coverages and breaking up things, he's got a lot of confidence and he's going to really, really emerge as a top safety not only for this team but in this league."

Swearinger signed a three-year deal with the Redskins this offseason. Washington has plenty of depth at safety, but with DeAngelo Hall coming off ACL surgery, it appears it will be Swearinger's job to lose. The 25-year-old is expected to line up alongside Su'a Cravens in the starting lineup, as the second-year man transitions from linebacker to strong safety this offseason.

March 9, 2017 06:04 PM
Redskins' D.J. Swearinger: Signs three-year deal with Washington
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Swearinger signed a three-year, $13.5 million contract with the Redskins on Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Swearinger will be joining his fourth team in the past five years. He had 66 tackles, including 2.0 sacks, and eight passes defensed, including three interceptions, while playing with the Cardinals last season. He'll likely be a primary backup at safety behind Su'a Cravens and DeAngelo Hall in 2017.

January 25, 2017 11:25 PM
Cardinals' D.J. Swearinger: Contributes three interceptions in 2016
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Swearinger produced 66 tackles (58 solo), including two sacks, and three interceptions among eight passes defended in 16 games during the 2016 campaign.

Used sparingly down the stretch in 2015 due to Tyrann Mathieu's torn ACL, Swearinger was brought back on a one-year deal in April to provide depth in a safety corps also populated by Tony Jefferson and free-agent pickup Tyvon Branch. The aforementioned trio sans Swearinger earned at least three starts within the first four games of this season, but Branch suffered a groin injury in Week 4 that resulted in a stay on injured reserve, thrusting the former into the starting lineup. Although Branch's return in Week 13 lasted just two games before he aggravated the issue and landed back on IR, Swearinger remained a starter for the rest of the year due to Mathieu's slow recovery and midseason shoulder subluxation, allowing just one appearance for the All-Pro after Week 8 until his placement on IR on Dec. 23. Both Mathieu and Branch are locked up through at least 2017, so another significant snap count (78 percent of the defensive snaps in 2016) could come to pass for Swearinger if the Cardinals opt for the cheaper of their two unrestricted free-agent safeties (also, Jefferson).

August 8, 2016 04:08 PM
Cardinals' D.J. Swearinger: On pace for starting role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Swearinger is listed as the Cardinals' starting strong safety on the initial depth chart of training camp, Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 Phoenix reports.

Surprisingly, Swearinger appears before Tyvon Branch, who was the Cardinals' notable offseason addition to the secondary. Swearinger may have a leg up due to his spell in Arizona last season, but ultimately their participation in the preseason will determine who gets to operate next to a healthy Tyrann Mathieu (knee), once he's cleared for action.

Defensive Stats
YearTeamGTotalTklAstSacksIntYdsAvgLgTDPass Def
2013Houston Texans167154.0170100.0004
2014Houston Texans167351.022123115.52506
2015Arizona Cardinals477.000000.0001
2015Tampa Bay Buccaneers7129.030000.0000
2016Arizona Cardinals166658.0823134.31208
2017Washington Redskins167961.0180.54328.031010
2018Arizona Cardinals000.000000.0000
2018Washington Redskins155342.01114338.222010
YearTeamGFumLostFum ForcedOwn RecOpp RecYdsTot RecTD
2013Houston Texans1600100000
2014Houston Texans1600301010
2015Arizona Cardinals400101010
2015Tampa Bay Buccaneers7000011210
2016Arizona Cardinals1600000000
2017Washington Redskins1610100000
2018Arizona Cardinals000000000
2018Washington Redskins1500301010

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