Redskin fullbacks John Riggins and Bob Brunet were injured today playing against the Dallas Cowboys, and will not play again this season, team physician Stanford Lavine said.
Brunet injured a number of nerves in his neck blocking in the first quarter and Riggins tore ligaments in his right knee on a three-yard run up the middle.
Brunet, who was conscious at all times after he was hurt, was taken from the field on a stretcher and rushed to the nearby Baylor University medical center.
X rays showed no fracture, and there was no sign of paralysis according to Lavine, who said Brunet would remain at the medical center at least overnight and possibly longer for further tests.
Riggins' knee ligaments were torn when Cowboy defensive end Harvey Martin and Redskin guard Ron Saul fell on his leg during a first-quarter play.
Lavine said Riggins would be examined in Washington and probably will need an operation that could take place Monday.
Redskin quarterback Billy Kilmer suffered what Lavine described as a "bad bruise in his (left) shoulder" during the same offensive series on which Riggins and Brunet were injured.
Kilmer will have X rays taken Monday in Washington to determine if there are any bone chips or minor fractures in his shoulder.
Kilmer said he was kicked in the shoulder as he was being sacked by Martin and Jethro Pugh. He received a shot of xylocaine to deaden the pain at halftime after he sat out the second period with an ice bag on his arm.
Kilmer returned to play in the second half, but did not play in the Redskins' final offensive series after the Cowboys scored their fourth touchdown late in the final period.
"I believe it's just bruised," Kilmer said.
The Redskins had several other physical problems. Eddie Brown's already bruised ribs got jolted as he returned a kickoff midway through the third quarter.He did not play again. X rays also are scheduled for him Monday, and it is not known if he will be available next week.
Ron Saul missed the second half with a bruised right knee and Bill Brundige and Pete Wysocki both had sprained ankles, though they did finish the game. All three are expected to play next week.