Redskins sign WRs Stallworth, Henderson

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Coach Mike Shanahan said Wednesday afternoon the Washington Redskins wouldn't let wide receiver Donte Stallworth out of team headquarters before he signed a contract.

Hours later, the team announced a deal was done.

Also on Wednesday, the Redskins added another veteran wide receiver in Devery Henderson and placed defensive end Doug Worthington (biceps) and tight end DeAngelo Peterson (foot) on waived/injured list.

Stallworth, 32, played for the Redskins in 2011, and was invited to the three-day minicamp completed Wednesday on a tryout basis. He played in only one game in 2012 with the Patriots and survived a near-death hot-air balloon accident in the offseason. Stallworth and his girlfriend were severely burned when their balloon struck power lines.

"Ten years of playing professional football and I never been carted off the field," he said Tuesday. "And I've never even been helped off the field. If I had a knee injury, I was able to get up and walk away on my own. And I go on a hot air balloon, something that seems very peaceful for two hours, and I'm getting airlifted to a hospital, life on the line."

Stallworth had burns to his arm and posterior, but said he's fully recovered. Shanahan said after Tuesday's practice that Stallworth "impressed."

Henderson played nine seasons with the New Orleans and was primarily the Saints deep-threat specialist. But the 5-foot-11 speedster's role was diminished in recent years. He did play in 15 games last season, starting in nine. The 31-year-old had 22 receptions for 316 yards and a touchdown.
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