George Allen, chief spokesman at the Redskin Park Hospital Center, said yesterday that veteran wide receiver Charley Taylor will be out of action for at least 10 days with a badly pulled hamstring muscle in his right leg.
The medical news was all bad again yesterday and once more Allen said he had no remedy for what really ails the Redskins - a sick offense that is threatening to become a terminal disease for the 3-3 fading fast Redskins.
Allen also said he is definitely not thinking about switching quarterbacks from Billy Kilmer to Joe Theismann. He gave Kilmer another strong vote of confidence.
Linebacker Chris Hanburger, he said, will probably miss Sunday's game against the Eagles (2-4) because of a torn knee ligament. Safety Jake Scott's pulled groin muscle may also keep him out of action, although Allen insisted, "It's too early to tell."
Cornerback Pat Fischer will undergo a myelogram test today at Georgetown University to determine precisely what is wrong with his back. Allen said doctors fear a herniated disk, an injury that surely would end Fischer's season and probably his career as well.
Tailback Calvin Hill, Allen said, will be given more playing time because Mike Thomas suffered a strained knee against the Giants. Hill "has played well and deserves it," he said.
And the offensive line, Allen finally admitted, is "one of our biggest mysteries . . . Those guys are young, they're strong and they did a good job last year. It isn't a lack of ability . . . I'm sure their confidence is shaken."
Allen was in remarkably decent spirits yesterday, considering his team is off its worst start since he arrived in 1971.
Oh, he grumbled about "negative questions" late in the half-hour session. But earlier in the day, Allen met with his entire front-office and coaching staff and told them to avoid that hangdog look and follow three basic rules.
"We have to continue to work hard," he said, "be positive and stick together. If we do those three things, good things will happen and we'll come out of it, I'm sure of it.
"The worst thing to do is to point fingers, to be discouraged, feel sorry for yourself and look back. Those are traits of losers."
And then he went into a vigorous defense of Kilmer, the sacked-silly quarterback directing an offense that has scored two touchdowns in the last 12 quarters, produced 14 points a game and averaged only 242 yards of offense through six games.
After looking at all the pictures (films), Billy has done a heck of a job in there, a tremendous job," Allen said. "He can't be blamed for dropped passes, guys going in motion, being offsides. You can't blame him.
"I know he's in charge of the offense and his job is to put points on the board. But he needs help. I have a tremendous amount of respect for the job Billy has done the last six years.
"It would be difficult for me to bench him because it would seem like I was trying to make a scapegoat out of him and that's not true. Some of it is his fault, but if we get any kind of execution . . . Cripes, we had a first down at the seven and we get called for holding."
Allen did agree with an illegal motion call against wide receiver Frank Grant that nullified Clarence Harmon's 49-yard touchdown pass-run early in the third quarter.
"If we get that touchdown, no question we'll win," he shrugged. "We were controlling the game, the defense was in the driver's seat, we could have teed off. Frank left too soon, he was going forward. It was a good call."
But Allen also insisted that another critical penalty - a personal foul on Mike Curtis that helped set up the Giants first touchdown - was a bad call.
"I didn't think it was a roughness call," Allen said. "He (Curtis) came across and tackled him (Giant back Bobby Hammond) high. It was an agressive tackle and Mike's an agressive football player. I wish we had more like that."
But mostly Allen will be wishing for enough healthy bodies this week to run his practice sessions in preparation for an Eagle team that has yielded only 87 points this season, the lowest total among the five NFC East teams.
With Taylor out of commission, Allen will start Danny Buggs at wide receiver. While opposing teams keep saying Taylor has not been all that difficult to defend on pass coverage, no one has knocked his blocking.
Buggs had several dropped passes against the Giants, and also was called for clipping to nullify an Eddie Brown punt return.
If Scott is unable to play, Brown, the Redskins most versatile and most valuable asset at the moment, will open at free safety.
Allen said yesterday he will wait to learn Fischer's status before bringing in another cornerback, and he also admitted he had been on the phone talking trade earlier in the day, though nothing seemed imminent.
The trading deadline is today at 4 p.m., and after that hour, the Redskins also may not bring back players they have previously waived this season.
"Changes?" Allen asked."I haven't really decided at this point. I didn't sleep a lot last night, and I've made a lot of notes . . . I don't make up my mind that fast. I hate to make lineup changes. I only change when it's absolutely necessary.
"I just can't ever remember losing so many key guys this early. But it's an opportunity. Every setback is an opportunity for you. It tests you, it tests everybody. It's more challenging and rewarding if you can come back. The kind of season we had last year is something you'll never forget."
So the accent is on the positive this week at Redskin Park, though Allen's thoughts occasionally turned gloomy. "To be losing in this nice weather" he said. "It just seems like today should be rainy and cloudy."
Bob Brunet was released from a Baylor University Hospital Sunday in Dallas and returned to Washington last night. He suffered a contusion of the spinal cord against the Cowboys Oct. 16 . . . Fischer's myelogram will be conducted today by neurosurgeon Fred Luessenhop . . . A dye is injected into a vein near the problem area, according to Allen, and X rays are taken to determine the injury. "It's a cut and dried kind of thing," Allen said. "They don't like to do it unless they have to" . . . Jerry Smith, not Jean Fugett, was guilty of holding to kill a Redskin touchdown drive early in the second quarter . . . It was incorrectly reported that field judge Fred Swearingen called Curtis for a personal foul . . . The flag thrower was line judge Don Orr.