Former Del Norte star receiver Cody Hoffman was one of nine players released from the Washington Redskins on Saturday as the team cut down from 90 players to 75 by Tuesday's NFL deadline.
Although he was cut, Hoffman could still find employment in the NFL this season. Hoffman is eligible to re-sign with Washington, or sign with any other team on the practice squad for the upcoming year.
Each team is allowed eightplayers on the practice squad - which practices but does not play with the team.
Practice squads are meant to allow young players a chance to develop. Players must have less than nine NFL games on an active 45-man game day roster to be eligible and are allowed to play two and in some circumstances three seasons on the practice squad.
A practice squad player is free to join the 53-man active roster of any NFL team during the season. Once a player signs a practice squad contract, they must be released before signing with another team's practice squad.