Redskin coach George Allen said yesterday he had no plans to fine or otherwise discipline running back Mike Thomas, who complained publicly Thursday that he had been forced to practice despite a sore leg.
"Nah, there's no problem there," Allen insisted. "Oh, I was concerned about it when I saw it. But he's frustrated because of his leg.
"We've never forced anyone to practice - we never have and we never will.We'll just work this thing out for the benefit of the team. There's a lot of prayers practicing every day with bumps and bruises.
"I'm sure Mike was just upset about his injury."
Thomas, who complained Thursday that he had reinjured the sore left hamstring that has bothered him since July, said his leg felt considerably better yesterday during a two-hour closed practice in the rain at Redskin Park.
Allen said Thomas ran whenever required the entire practice and handled a full workload, even to the point of imitating Cowboy running back Tony Dorsett for the Redskin defense.
"Yeah, I did everthing," Thomas said. "No, nobody pressured me to practice. I came out here, it fell all right and I went and did what I had to do."
Thomas said Allen had not spoken with him about his published comments and that, "As far as I know, it's over. I said what I said because I was frustrated.
"I've never been hurt before, and it's frutstrating for me when I can't go out and do the things I know I can do when I'm 100 per cent. I've just never had anything that slowed me down like this.
"Oh year, I'm going to play. I never doubted I wouldn't play. The problem is that when I take off and try and accelerate, it cramps up on be like a knot. It wasn't so bad today. I just hope it stays that way."
Many of the Redskins said they were both surprised and distributed to read Thomas' comments in the Friday editions of The Washington Post. "I hated to see the story," said cocaptain Ken Houston. "We've got to get ready for Dallas, and we don't need that kind of stuff.
"I really don't know how it will affect anybody. This club is just made of something different. It seems like every year there's another crisis."
"Right now," added offensive tackle Tim Stokes, "the foremost thing on our minds is to beat the (censored) Cowboys. We've had a good week of pactice, and we'll play the best we can.
"That's the uniqu think about this team. No matter what happens during the week, on Sunday we're there to play football."
And on Sunday, the Redskins all know, they will have to stop the man Thomas was mimicking yesterday - the precocious Dorsett.
Although he has carried only nine times a game, rookie Dorset is the third-leading rusher in the NFC on an average of 8.2 yards per carry.
"I'm going to play five pounds lighter so I can move with a little more speed," said middle linebacker Harold McLinton, who wears several layers of rubber suits, jackets and sweat-shirts in practice to acquire that lean and hungry look.
"It fires me up knowing I'll be playing one of the better backs in football. The fact that they spot him also means he's always going to be fresh. He'll have that extra step, and he's already fast as hell.
"He's like all the great backs - Mike Thomas, Payton, O.J., all the guys who have that ability to cut back and pick the hole. He looks strong, too. He was breaking tackles in the St. Louis game.
"You've got to get him a good shot, and wrap him up so he can't squirt free. Mostly though, you just pray."
Would there be the temptation to hit Dorsett, the man with the million-dollar contract and the spectacular preseason publicity, harder than your average running back? McLinton was asked.
"You hit everybody in this league hard." McLinton said. "If you try and overhit, you might just miss. If I get a shot, I'll take it, but to soy I'll hit harder than anybody else, I'm not going to make that statement.
"The kid's there making a living. And God gave him a great talent. I've got no fight with Tony Dorsett. I just don't want him to get away."
Allen said all his players except linebacker Chris Hanburger suffered through the wet workout. Cornerback Pat Fischer went in early because the damp and raw day did little to ease the pain in his back . . . Allen said it was still too early to tell anyone's status for the Cowboys, but ventured it was extremely unlikely that Hanburger would play . . . Fischer, defensive tackle Dave Butz (sprained ankle) and guard Terry Hermeling (separated shoulder) were listed as questionable in the Thursday injury report to the league office . . . The Cowboys, who had 14 men on the injury list Wednesday, reduced that number to seven yesterday. Only center John Fitzgerals (sprained knee) was listed as doubtful.