Redskins cut starting linebacker Mason Foster, per report

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The Washington Redskins have surprisingly informed starting inside linebacker Mason Foster than he will be released, per Erin Hawksworth.

The move is particularly shocking, not only because Foster was a tackling machine last year for Washington, but also because the franchise will be without Reuben Foster (ACL, additional damage) this coming season as well.

Last season, Foster racked up 131 tackles, one sack, two interceptions, and two fumble recoveries starting all 16 games for the ‘Skins.

An eight-year veteran, he should land on his feet with a new team in short order.

Washington, meanwhile, must feel very good about fifth-round rookie Cole Holcolm and last year’s sixth-round pick, Shaun Dion Hamilton, to make this move.