Redskins may play 49ers in London

December 11, 1991|By Vito Stellino

The Washington Redskins, who never have played a game in a foreign country, may meet the San Francisco 49ers in London in an August exhibition game.

According to an NFL source, the league has asked the 49ers if they would like to meet the Redskins in their second preseason game, the weekend of Aug. 15, 1992. The 49ers, who apparently are getting a choice because they've made trips in the past, haven't decided whether to play in the game.

The Redskins apparently won't get a choice because they've turned down trips in the past. General manager Charley Casserly said he hadn't been notified about the trip, but he expected the Redskins to be scheduled to make one. If the 49ers turn down the trip, the league probably will schedule a different team against the Redskins.

NFL clubs passed a rule recently enabling the league to order teams to make foreign trips.

The Redskins had turned down offers to play games overseas in the past, although coach Joe Gibbs said in August that he'd dropped his opposition because the players have asked him to make a trip.

The Redskins voted against the new rule, specifying that the league can now schedule teams for foreign trips without their approval.

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