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Navy officer competing for position on Redskins

Thursday - 6/6/2013, 4:15pm  ET

Washington Redskins running backs coach Bobby Turner, left, talks to full back Eric Kettani, center, as Darrel Young (36) looks on during NFL footbal practice at Redskins Park, Thursday, June 6, 2013, in Ashburn, Va. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)

DAVID ELFIN
Associated Press

ASHBURN, Va. -- Eric Kettani is the only Navy Reserve officer in the NFL.

He is older than 55 of the 90 players on Washington's roster. Twenty-six is getting up there for someone who has yet to play in a regular season game.

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said Thursday "it's quite unusual to do what he's done." Shanahan says what Kettani does for the service and what he does on the football field "keeps him pretty busy," but adds that Kettani has "a chance to compete for a position."

Kettani, who was on New England's reserve/military list while serving three years of active duty following his 2009 graduation from the Naval Academy, spent last season on Washington's practice squad after being released by the Patriots.

He was commissioned as a lieutenant on Monday.


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