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.
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.