Five Redskins suffering from heat exhaustion, including quarterback Billy Kilmer, have been treated and released from Carlisle Hospital over the last two days.
Trainer Bubba Tyer said all five became ill after practice Monday night, suffering severe cramps due mostly to the loss of fluids. Temperatures were close to 100 for all three Sunday and Monday workouts.
Kilmer, cornerback Eddie Moss and running back Mike Thomas stayed in the hospital Monday night and were released today. Kilmer and Thomas could have left Monday night, but when Tyer arrived to pick them up, both were sleeping and he decided to let them stay.
Linebacker Joe Harris and running back James Early were treated and released Monday night.
The only player of those five not able to take part in today's two practice sessions was Moss, who stayed in his room at the team dormitory.
Kilmer attended both sessions today but participated in only a few drills "just to make sure he was all right," said Tyer. "There's no problem. They have all completely recovered."
Linebacker Stu O'Dell was excused from both practices today because of a stomach virus, and guard Dan Nugent missed the afternoon workout, also with a mild stomach disorder.
One visitor to today's sessions probably felt little sympathy for the plight of the overheated and exhausted football players he saw all around.
His name was Tom McVie, and in another six weeks he will be taking his hockey team - the Washington Capitals - through their own rugged workouts at nearby Hershey, Pa.
McVie the Capitals' head coach, was invited to attend camp by George Allen, and he said he will probably stay the rest of the week. "The things I'm really impressed with are coach Allens's organization and his flexibility program," McVie said.
He is living in the team dormitory, eating with the coaching staff, attending the meetings and even running laps after practice with Allen.
"One thing I like here is that there's no bitching and moaning," McVie said. "They work out and they seem to enjoy it, and that's a tribute to the coaches."
McVie's camp is probably a bit rougher than Allen's, though. He puts his players through a rigorous running and stretching program before they hit the ice for 21 days of two-a-day practices. Each practice sessions, he says, will at least four hours.
"My camps are such that they don't think very much about anything except getting their rest," he said.