Starters: Brian Orakpo, Keenan Robinson, Perry Riley, Ryan Kerrigan
Backups: Trent Murphy, Will Compton, Gabe Miller, Adam Hayward
Despite the signings of Akeem Jordan and Darryl Sharpton, the competition to replace London Fletcher at inside linebacker never materialized.
Going back to OTAs, Keenan Robinson has had the reins of this job. With incumbent starters Brian Orakpo, Perry Riley and Ryan Kerrigan all returning, the team's depth at this position was the lone question mark.
With rookie Trent Murphy and special teams ace Adam Hayward both secure, the battle for the final two rosters spots is between Sharpton, Jordan, Will Compton, Gabe Miller and Everette Brown.
Known to be injury prone prior to his arrival, Sharpton has done little to change his reputation in Washington. Throughout the preseason, he's been hampered by an ankle injury. In his absence, Compton has made a play for his roster spot:
In the event Compton makes the team, one would think that Jordan's chances would be bolstered. Due to Robinson's injury history and Compton's lack of experience, Jordan's inability to contribute on passing downs would be overlooked because of his experience as a starter.
But what won't be overlooked is injury:
Couple Miller's solid performance to close the preseason—one sack, two tackles and one forced fumble—with this unfortunate news, and Miller garners the final linebacker spot.