With league rosters due to be trimmed to 60 players Tuesday, the Washington Redskins will attempt to gain a roster exemption Monday for strong safety Tony Peters, indicted two weeks ago on cocaine charges.

Peters is on a paid leave of absence, preparing his legal defense. But he also is still on the Redskins' roster. (Unsigned cornerback Jeris White, currently holding out, is not counted on the roster since he is officially a free agent.)

Jan Van Duser, NFL director of operations, said he does not foresee any problem in the Redskins' placing Peters on a reserve list. That way, he wouldn't be counted on the roster, yet would remain with the team.

"We do have exemptions to our player limit for special circumstances," Van Duser said. "In Peters' case, I suspect what we will do is place him on the reserve list, with the commissioner (Pete Rozelle) giving his permission. It's not really a major competitive problem, because the player (Peters) is not really there practicing, performing services for the club."

The Redskins are hoping rosters will be raised from 45 players to 49. There will be a vote among management officials from each of the NFL's 28 teams Tuesday at 1 p.m. in a league meeting in St. Louis.

If the expanded roster is chosen, Van Duser said, it is possible teams might have to trim rosters to 70 Tuesday, instead of 60. Van Duser also said that Tuesday's cutdown deadline, normally 4 p.m., has been changed to 6 p.m. to allow extra time for the league vote and for teams to make last-minute adjustments.

Guard Mark May practiced in pads today for the first time since he suffered a partially torn right triceps 18 days ago. "We'd like to get Mark in for a couple series this week (Friday night against Miami at RFK Stadium), then play him the entire game the following week against Buffalo," said Joe Bugel, coach of the offensive line . . .

Wide receiver Art Monk continued to receive ice treatments on the sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee. Monk injured the knee Friday night against Cincinnati and will be out between 10 days and three weeks. Charley Taylor, the wide receivers coach, said, "The Big Cat will be back soon. We're keeping our fingers crossed"...

Quarterback Joe Theismann, ever protective of his offensive players, screamed at rookie cornerback Darrell Green for undercutting wide receiver Virgil Seay in a nine-on-nine passing drill. "Hit him high, not low!" Theismann yelled at Green. "Or you won't finish camp!" In the true spirit of a raw rookie, Green didn't respond.