The Washington Redskins signed kicker John Potter on Saturday and released quarterback Pat White.
Potter was signed as insurance in case kicker Kai Forbath can’t go on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Forbath is nursing a sore groin. But with two kickers on the roster, another player had to go.
White was signed in April and was a surprise addition to the final roster out of training camp. NFL teams rarely carry four quarterbacks and some don’t even keep three. He is ineligible for Washington’s practice squad, but the team can re-sign White if he clears waivers.
White, 27, was behind Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins and Rex Grossman on the depth chart. He was a 2009 draft pick by the Miami Dolphins, but quit the sport the following fall and tried his hand at baseball before deciding to make an NFL comeback this year.
Forbath, 26, was listed as questionable for the Packers game, but there was no public sign of injury until coach Mike Shanahan made the announcement on Friday after practice.
Potter, 23, is a kickoff specialist, but had little chance during training camp to unseat Forbath, who missed just one field-goal attempt last season (17-of-18). Potter kicked in six games for the Buffalo Bills as a rookie last season, but did not attempt any field goals.
Forbath did miss a 40-yard field goal on Monday against the Philadelphia Eagles in a 33-27 loss, though his kickoffs have shown definite improvement this season.