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November 18, 2019 11:16 PM
Raiders' D.J. Swearinger: Seven tackles in Raiders debut
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Swearinger registered seven tackles during Sunday's 17-10 victory over Cincinnati.

In his first game since signing with the Raiders, Swearinger logged 38 defensive snaps while helping to replace the injured Karl Joseph (foot) and Lamarcus Joyner (hamstring). Even though Joyner could return sooner than later, it's possible Swearinger could see more snaps in Week 12 when the Raiders travel to play the Jets.

November 9, 2019 06:04 PM
Raiders' D.J. Swearinger: Signs with Raiders
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Swearinger signed a contract with the Raiders on Friday, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports.

Swearinger's signing comes on the heels of news that Oakland's starting strong safety, Karl Joseph, may have suffered a significant injury in Thursday night's win over the Chargers. If that is indeed the case, Swearinger could be thrust into a crucial role immediately for the Raiders alongside fellow safeties Erik Harris and Lamarcus Joyner. Swearinger last played for the Cardinals earlier this season before being released in late September.

October 1, 2019 10:44 PM
D.J. Swearinger: Let go by Cardinals
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Cardinals released Swearinger on Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

The Cardinals showcased a notoriously bad pass defense through the first four games, allowing 10 touchdowns (ranked 30th) and 271 passing yards per game (22nd). They needed to make a change, and Swearinger appears to be the casualty after playing all but one defensive snap during the first quarter of the season. This also may illustrate Arizona's confidence in rookie fifth-round pick Deionte Thompson's ability to start at strong safety alongside Budda Baker.

August 11, 2019 11:24 PM
Cardinals' D.J. Swearinger: Back practicing Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Swearinger (undisclosed) practiced Sunday, Josh Weinfuss of reports.

Swearinger had been nursing a soft tissue injury for the last couple of weeks, but it appears the defensive back is back healthy. He may be in line to make his preseason debut Thursday against the Raiders.

July 31, 2019 11:48 AM
Cardinals' D.J. Swearinger: Managing soft tissue injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Swearinger did not practice Tuesday due to a soft tissue injury, Scott Bordow of The Athletic reports.

The details of Swearinger's injury remain undisclosed, as does a timetable for his return. The 27-year-old joined the Cardinals off waivers during the final stretches of the 2018 season after being released by the Redskins. If he can get healthy, Swearinger appears in line for a key role in Arizona's secondary.

December 30, 2018 10:56 AM
Cardinals' D.J. Swearinger: Cardinals debut put on hold
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Swearinger won't play in Sunday's season finale versus the Seahawks, Bob McManaman of The Arizona Republic reports.

Swearinger has been with the Cardinals for less than a week, which wasn't enough time to learn the playbook and get into the lineup. He'll look to start fresh in his second stint with Arizona next season. Swearinger could battle for a hefty role since he had 53 tackles, 10 pass breakups and four interceptions this season, although current starters Budda Baker and Antonie Bethea are both signed for three more years.

December 26, 2018 09:04 AM
Cardinals' D.J. Swearinger: Lands with Arizona
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Swearinger posted on his personal Instagram account Tuesday that he was claimed off waivers by the Cardinals.

The Redskins informed the veteran safety of his release from the team Monday, two days after he criticized defensive coordinator Greg Manusky's playcalling in the Week 16 loss to the Titans. Though many teams were believed to be interested in scooping up Swearinger off waivers, he'll ultimately land back in Arizona, where he played for portions of the 2015 and 2016 seasons. He'll likely check in as the No. 3 safety on the depth chart behind starters Antoine Bethea and Budda Baker.

December 24, 2018 11:52 AM
D.J. Swearinger: Released by Redskins
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Swearinger was released by the Redskins on Monday, Grant Paulsen of The Athletic reports.

Swearinger comes shortly after he criticized his coaches. Coach Jay Gruden talked about Swearinger's comments after Sunday's loss to the Titans, saying, "what he's doing is not helpful one bit," and, "it is a distraction," JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports. Swearinger had been a starting safety for the Redskins and he'll likely have suitors this offseason.

November 21, 2018 01:40 AM
Redskins' D.J. Swearinger: Notches sack in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Swearinger recorded three tackles (all solo), including a sack, and a forced fumble in Sunday's loss to Houston.

Swearinger hasn't recorded many tackles this year, but he's been a quality player for the Redskins. His performance Sunday gives him 37 tackles, including two sacks, nine passes defensed, four interceptions and three forced fumbles on the season. Looking ahead, Swearinger and the Redskins will take on the Cowboys in Week 12.

September 18, 2018 11:56 PM
Redskins' D.J. Swearinger: Two interceptions in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Swearinger recorded three tackles, all solo, two passes defensed and two interceptions across 61 defensive snaps in Sunday's loss to the Colts.

The Redskins held Andrew Luck to just 179 passing yards Sunday, in part due to a pair of timely interceptions by Swearinger. The first came off a Mason Foster batted ball with the Colts driving into Washington territory early in the second quarter. The second came in the third quarter and gave the Redskins back the ball on the Colts' 31-yard line, resulting in a Dustin Hopkins field goal.

August 18, 2018 05:08 PM
Redskins' D.J. Swearinger: Makes preseason debut
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

After missing the preseason opener, Swearinger (hamstring) retook the field during Thursday's Week 2 preseason game.

Swearinger recorded just one tackle on the night, but it's at least a good sign that his hamstring issue appears to be behind him. The seventh-year pro is slated to start at safety for the Redskins again in 2018 after posting career-high marks in defensive snaps (1,095), tackles (61) and interceptions (four) in 2017.

August 9, 2018 08:40 PM
Redskins' D.J. Swearinger: Out for Thursday's preseason opener
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Swearinger (hamstring) will miss the Redskins' preseason opener Thursday, Kimberley A. Martin of The Washington Post reports.

Swearinger is apparently nursing a minor hamstring injury that doesn't look to be too serious. The Redskins appear to be taking the cautious route with their starting safety in hopes of ensuring that he'll be playing in the games that actually count. Either way, we should have a clearer indication of Swearinger's status in the coming days.

January 10, 2018 02:24 AM
Redskins' D.J. Swearinger: Posts 79 tackles on year
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Swearinger recorded 79 tackles (61 solo), 10 passes defensed, four interceptions, one forced fumble and 0.5 sacks across 16 contests this season.

Swearinger's first season in the nation's capital was one for the books, as the safety notched career-highs in almost every statistical category. He was second on the team in tackles and provided a consistent presence in Washington's secondary, as his 1,095 defensive reps were the most on the defensive unit.

November 21, 2017 10:44 PM
Redskins' D.J. Swearinger: Notches another interception
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Swearinger logged his third interception of the season in Sunday's overtime loss to the Saints.

Swearinger now has three picks across the previous two weeks, while he had not recorded any prior to that. The 26-year-old also came one tackle short of a season high by posting six (five solo) on the day. He was one of four Redskins defenders to see all 71 defensive snaps in the contest.

November 15, 2017 09:48 AM
Redskins' D.J. Swearinger: Tallies two picks on loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Swearinger recorded both his first and second interception of the season Sunday against the Vikings.

Swearinger also recorded five tackles (three solo) to go along with his pair of picks. The 26-year-old intercepted Case Keenum with a few minutes left in the third quarter, and then once again on the first play of the fourth. He now has recorded two passes defended in consecutive week.

October 4, 2017 03:34 AM
Redskins' D.J. Swearinger: Five tackles in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Swearinger recorded five tackles (five solo) and a sack in Monday's loss to the Chiefs.

After his participation in practice declined last week, it was suspected that Swearinger would not suit up for Monday's game, but he instead turned in one of his best performances in a Redskins' uniform. He'll now get some extended time to rest and get healthy as the team heads into their bye week.

October 3, 2017 04:20 PM
Redskins' D.J. Swearinger: Active Week 4
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Swearinger (hamstring) is officially active for Monday night's game against the Chiefs.

Swearinger's chances of suiting up seemed increasingly grim while he progressively reduced his practice participation this past week, but he's apparently ready to go for Monday night's tilt. The 26-year-old should resume his starting free safety duties as the Redskins attempt to slow Kareem Hunt and the Chiefs' vaunted rushing attack.

September 30, 2017 02:52 PM
Redskins' D.J. Swearinger: Questionable for Week 4
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Swearinger (hamstring) has been listed as questionable for Monday's tilt versus the Chiefs, John Keim of ESPN reports.

Swearinger has been trending in the wrong direction this week, as he went from full, to limited, to non-participant in consecutive days at practice. Montae Nicholson would presumably fill in at free safety should Swearinger end up not suiting up.

September 19, 2017 07:28 PM
Redskins' D.J. Swearinger: Four tackles in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Swearinger recorded four tackles and played all 50 defensive snaps in Sunday's win over the Rams.

Swearinger was dealing with some back issues earlier in the week but it didn't seem to slow the safety down on Sunday as he recorded the fourth most tackles on the team. The Redskins are dealing with a plethora of injuries in the secondary this week, including Montae Nicholson (shoulder) and Deshazor Everett (knee). Combine that with Su'a Cravens (personal) placement on the reserve/left squad list and suddenly the Redskins are looking very thin at safety, which means they may rely on Swearinger more than they already do in the coming weeks.

September 14, 2017 06:12 PM
Redskins' D.J. Swearinger: Full participant Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Swearinger (back) participated fully at Thursday's practice.

Swearinger was limited at practice Wednesday, so this illustrates that he was likely dealing with a relatively minor back issue. The 26-year-old should be ready to play against the Rams on Sunday after a busy Week 1.

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Defensive Stats
YearTeamGTotalTklAstSacksIntYdsAvgLgTDPass Def
2013Houston Texans167154.0170100.0004
2014Houston Texans167351.022123115.52506
2015Arizona Cardinals477.000000.0001
2015Tampa Bay Buccaneers7129.030000.0000
2016Arizona Cardinals166658.0823134.31208
2017Washington Redskins167961.0180.54328.031010
2018Arizona Cardinals000.000000.0000
2018Washington Redskins155342.01114338.222010
2019Arizona Cardinals42817.0110000.0001
2019Oakland Raiders175.020000.0000
YearTeamGFumLostFum ForcedOwn RecOpp RecYdsTot RecTD
2013Houston Texans1600100000
2014Houston Texans1600301010
2015Arizona Cardinals400101010
2015Tampa Bay Buccaneers7000011210
2016Arizona Cardinals1600000000
2017Washington Redskins1610100000
2018Arizona Cardinals000000000
2018Washington Redskins1500301010
2019Arizona Cardinals400000000
2019Oakland Raiders100000000

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