Redskins decide to keep Pat White on roster

Pat White

Pat White is poised to survive Saturday’s roster cuts (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

The Washington Redskins have decided to keep quarterback Pat White on their roster, a person familiar with the situation said Saturday.

The decision to keep White comes with the Redskins making a flurry of moves to get down to 53 players for the regular season by the league-wide deadline later Saturday.

It’s not clear how permanent White’s place on the Redskins’ roster is. The person with knowledge of the situation said the Redskins will keep four quarterbacks on the 53-man roster, with White joining Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins and Rex Grossman. But White gives the Redskins some insurance at the position with Griffin and Cousins returning from injuries. He perhaps also could play the role of Philadelphia quarterback Michael Vick in practices leading up to the Redskins’ season opener Sept. 9 against the Eagles at FedEx Field.

Running back Chris Thompson, a fifth-round pick out of Florida State, also has made the team, according to a person familiar with the situation. Thompson cemented his place on the roster with a 69-yard punt return for a touchdown in Thursday’s preseason finale. The Redskins will carry four running backs — Alfred Morris, Roy Helu Jr., Evan Royster and Thompson — plus fullback Darrel Young.

White moves a step closer to returning to the NFL after being out of the sport the previous three seasons. He played one season for the Miami Dolphins in 2009 after being drafted in the second round out of West Virginia. He was released by the Dolphins prior to the 2010 season and did not play in the NFL that season or during the 2011 and 2012 seasons.

He decided to try to return to pro football this year and drew interest from several teams before signing with the Redskins early in the offseason.

White played the entire game in the Redskins’ preseason finale Thursday night in Tampa. He threw an interception for a touchdown but also ran for a touchdown, and completed 13 of 22 passes for 181 yards.

“I definitely want to continue playing the game,” White said after the game Thursday. “I have a lot of passion for it. I love it. I’ve been playing it for a while now. I took a little break, which was a huge mistake on my part. But everything happens for a reason. I’ve been blessed to have the opportunity and happy that Coach gave me a chance.”

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What’s ahead:

● The second round of cuts, from 75 to 53, must be complete by 6 p.m. Practice squads can be assembled beginning at noon Sunday.

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