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White, McCune, Espy Join Practice Squad

The Redskins named their eight-member practice squad on Sunday afternoon, adding a group of players who spent time with the team through off-season work and training camp.

The Redskins' practice squad is as follows:

  • WR Mike Espy
  • DB John Eubanks
  • WR Steven Harris
  • DT Vaka Manupuna
  • LB Robert McCune
  • OL Chris Pino
  • DE Joe Sykes
  • FB Manuel White, Jr.

In addition, linebacker Philippe Gardent will spend the season on the team's practice squad as part of the NFL's International Development Practice Squad Program.

With the Redskins keeping five wide receivers on the roster, coaches decided to keep two more on the practice squad. Both undrafted rookie Mike Espy and first-year player Steven Harris impressed in preseason games.

Offensive lineman Chris Pino, an undrafted rookie and developmental player, will work with Joe Bugel's group. Beyond Molinaro and Tyson Walter, the Redskins do not have anyone else who can back up at tackle, where Pino played most of the preseason.

Manuel White, Jr., spent last season on injured reserve due to a fractured fibula injury. He was the Redskins' fourth-round draft choice in 2005.

Robert McCune begins the season on the practice squad. He alternated between the roster and practice squad last season. McCune, a fifth-round draft pick in 2005, has experience on special teams and mostly played middle linebacker.

Defensive linemen Joe Sykes and Vaka Manupuna, a pair of undrafted rookies, impressed coaches in preseason. They will continue to develop their skills under defensive coordinator-defensive line coach Greg Blache.

Undrafted rookie cornerback John Eubanks is a developmental player who can also return kickoffs, if necessary.

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