Francis failed to make much, if any, of an impact for the Redskins this season and was released in order to activate offensive lineman Kory Lichtensteiger off injured reserve.
While Richards was unable to play last week because of an injured knee, he managed to participate in every practice this week -- albeit in a limited fashion. However, even if he's ultimately ruled out, his absence will likely have a minimal impact on the outcome of the game.
Roberts, a sixth-rounder out of Houston, was a limited participant in practice this week. If he ultimately can't play, look for Barkevious Mingo to slide into the starting lineup.
Rowe hurt his hamstring last week against the Rams and was a limited participant throughout this week's slate of practices. If he is ultimately ruled out, expect Cyrus Jones and Justin Coleman to see additional playing time.
Allen has been a non-factor for the Jets this season and is now dealing with a concussion. He'll finish the 2016 campaign with five tackles and zero passes defensed across 12 games. Linebacker Freddie Bishop was signed to the active roster in a corresponding move.
Odrick has dealt with a rash of ailments in 2016, the latest being a shoulder injury suffered in Week 11 against Detroit. He also dealt with triceps, quadriceps and ankle issues. Ultimately, the former first-round defensive end -- and third-most expensive player on the team this season -- managed just 12 tackles across six games. The Jaguars could save $8.5 million by cutting him in the offseason.
Taylor -- previously set to be a free agent at season's end -- was a defensive afterthought during his time with the Dolphins last year, oftentimes a healthy scratch. However, he turned his play around this year in Cleveland where he combines with Joe Haden to form a respectable cornerback tandem.
With Brandon Marshall (hamstring) ruled out of Sunday's game against the Titans, backup Corey Nelson will fill in with the first-string defense. Since Nelson is usually a mainstay on special teams, Gause was signed in order to allow Nelson to focus on his defensive responsibilities. An undrafted rookie from Rutgers, Gause himself projects to be exclusively contained to special teams.
Rice was signed to the team's practice squad in mid-October, but will now have a chance to prove himself on a much bigger stage. He'll provide depth for the Texans' cornerback unit.
Sherels' absence will allow for Adam Thielen to once again take over punt returning duties. It'll be Sherels' third consecutive missed game, but he'll look to return in Week 15 against the Colts.