The National Football League trading deadline passed yesterday at 4 p.m. with the Redskins standing pat, and running back Wayne Morris deciding to play for the San Diego Chargers instead of Washington.

Morris, a free agent who played for the St. Louis Cardinals the past eight seasons, had been expected to sign with the Redskins.

"His agent (Harold Lewis of St. Louis) told us twice he'd be here Monday and he (Morris) never showed," General Manager Bobby Beathard said yesterday. "He (Lewis) called me and said they'd been offered huge sums of money by some other teams and I told him he had given us his word that Morris would be here.

"Then I told him good luck, and I hung up. I called Miami and San Diego, and they said no, they weren't offering a lot. We absolutely refused to offer a signing bonus. The bottom line is we had a real problem with the agent, and we just decided it wasn't worth the problems."

Neither Morris nor Lewis could be reached for comment

Morris, 6 feet 2 and 180 pounds, was the Cardinals' all-time leader with 36 rushing touchdowns. He fumbled only three times in 896 carries, and gained 3,373 yards rushing.

The Redskins had another day off from practice and will resume workouts today in preparation for Sunday's game here against the Dallas Cowboys. Defensive end Dexter Manley's sprained ankle had improved enough for him to abandon his crutches, and a team spokesman called it 50-50 he may practice later in the week and play against the Cowboys.

Manley and wide receiver Charlie Brown, who missed the Indianapolis game with a sprained ankle, are likely to be listed as questionable when the Redskins submit their injury report to the NFL office today.