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PRO FOOTBALL: White placed on Redskins' roster

Pat White, a onetime standout quarterback in West Virginia’s read–option offense, signed a one-year contract with the Washington Redskins on Wednesday, according to a person familiar with the situation.

White, 27, has not played in the NFL since 2009, his rookie year, when he was chosen in the second round by Miami. He was cut by the Dolphins in 2010, attempted a minor league baseball career with Kansas City, failed, played in the UFL in 2011 and then sat out of competitive athletics in 2012.

By signing White, the Redskins will have a quarterback on the roster during offseason workouts and training camp who can simulate the abilities of Robert Griffin III, who is recovering from surgery on his right knee. Kirk Cousins will serve as the team’s top quarterback until Griffin returns, head coach Mike Shanahan said last month, and Rex Grossman will also return, as he agreed to the terms of a one-year contract Wednesday afternoon, according to multiple reports.

White met with coaches and other team personnel on Wednesday afternoon, took and passed a physical and then signed a contract, the terms of which were not immediately available.

Passing the physical was an important step for White, who was knocked unconscious after taking a brutal hit from Pittsburgh cornerback Ike Taylor in the final game of the 2009 season. He twice filed a lawsuit against the NFL, alleging “severe headaches, speech issues, memory loss, depression, isolation, mental anguish and diminished self-esteem” resulting from “repeated and chronic head impacts” but dropped each of those lawsuits this week, according to The Washington Times, which maintains an online database of litigation relating to concussions.

White played in 13 games for the Dolphins in 2009, did not complete any of his five pass attempts and ran 21 times for 81 yards. He was released when rosters were finalized before the 2010 season.

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