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Redskins Release Jones, Replace Him With Parker

The Redskins released right tackle Kenyatta Jones on Monday and replaced him on the 53-man roster with free agent offensive lineman Vaughn Parker, a 10-year veteran.

Jones started the season opener for the Redskins, a 16-10 win over Tampa Bay, but he was replaced in Week 2 by Ray Brown. The incumbent at the position, Jon Jansen, is sidelined for the season with an Achilles injury.

Regarding Jones, head coach Joe Gibbs said: "Our feeling was that we needed to make a move and it was probably best for all of us. We had Vaughn Parker, that we knew a lot about. He had been in San Diego with [assistant coaches] Dale Lindsay and Joe Bugel. He was somebody that we felt like could play tackle for us. We know a lot about him.

"It was one of those decisions that you hate to make, but we felt like it was best for the club."

Parker, 6-3 and 300 pounds, spent his entire 10-year career with the San Diego Chargers, playing in 118 games and starting 104 at both the right and left tackle positions. He also played in four postseason games with one start.

Last year, Parker was sidelined with a knee injury and was placed on injured reserve. In 2002, Parker started 12 games at right tackle. A year earlier, he started the final two games at left tackle and the previous 14 games at right tackle in 2001, marking the fourth time in his career that he started all 16 games.

During the 2000 season, he started all 16 games at right tackle, being only one of four San Diego offensive players to start every game that year. Parker was a second round draft pick (63rd overall) of the Chargers in the 1994 NFL Draft.

In college, Parker became only the second offensive player in UCLA history to earn all-conference honors three times. His senior year, he was an All-America first-team choice by College and Pro Football Newsweekly and earned second-team honors from Football News and third-team accolades from Associated Press.

Parker is a native of Buffalo, N.Y.

The Redskins also announced they have signed linebacker Brandon Barnes to the practice squad and waived linebacker Billy Strother.

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