Gardner, White: Redskins Roundup

Manuel White Jr. is on his way into town; Rod Gardner and a check for $45,000 are being sent elsewhere.

Gardner Traded

The Redskins have apparently given receiver Rod Gardner permission to take a physical with the Carolina Panthers tomorrow. If Gardner passes, the Redskins would then complete a trade with the Panthers.

According to sources, the Redskins would receive a sixth-round pick in exchange for Gardner, who was the team's first-round pick in the 2001 draft.

And then there were two.

The Redskins signed rookie h-back Manuel White today, leaving only first-round picks Carlos Rogers and Jason Campbell unsigned. With camp starting Aug. 1, it appears one or both could miss practice time.

White, a fourth-round pick from UCLA, played fullback in college but has been moved to h-back in the NFL. In college, he caught 52 passes for 518 yards and three touchdowns. Some NFL analysts think White could make a decent impact as a rookie.

Redskins fined

The NFL fined the Redskins $45,000 for violating league rules regarding practice squad procedures last season.

The Redskins landed in trouble when they had too many practice squad players in practice. The NFL expanded the practice squad to eight players last season, but in at least one practice the Redskins fielded more than that number.

On that occasion, the Redskins had announced they cut receiver Gari Scott. But the day he was supposed to be cut, he actually suited up for practice. Assistant head coach/defense Gregg Williams said there was a loophole in the NFL rules that enabled Washington do do this. The Redskins said they could practice more than the allotted eight, as long as they were done by 4 p.m., the deadline for submitting their roster to the NFL.

When a reporter asked the league for clarification on this matter, the league called the Redskins and told them there was no such loophole. Redskins coach Joe Gibbs was furious with the reporter who called the league.

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