Bill Brundige has regained the starting left defensive tackle position he lost to Dave Butz last season, Redskin coach George Allen confirmed yesterday.
Brundige, an eight-year NFL veteran, has started the last four Redskin games after Butz suffered a severely sprained ankle. Butz was able to play Sunday against the Eagles, but Brundige started and received one of three game balls awarded by Allen following the 23-17 victory.
"Bill stepped in and played like he did his first few years here." Allen said after giving the team a day off from practice yesterday in preparation for Monday night's game against the Baltimore Colts.
"Bill had a bad season last year." Allen continued. "He seems to be excited about playing again."
Brundige is on the option year of his contract, but Allen denied that the Redskins were letting him play out his opinion and fade into retirement, as they did last season with wide receiver Roy Jefferson.
"I've never felt that way about him. He's still a young veteran." Allen said. "I'm just pleased about the way he's come around. Now we're stronger at that position. Butz is healthy. It makes for good competition. That's what we need. It's a nice situation.
"I think Bill will start against the Colts if he's able to."
Brundige missed early practise days last week with a bruised thigh. He played against the Eagles after receiving a shot of pain-killer, Allen said.
Butz, who cost the Redskins their No. 1 draft choices in 1977 and 1973 plus their No. 2 pick in 1978, started eight games last season, including the final six.
At the time, Brundge was suffering from an arm infection, but never regained his starting position, until Butz' recent in injury, Brundige had been used mainly on passing situations when the Redskins used one of their "prevent" defenses.
Allen said that he did not anticipate any roster changes this week despite the team's growing injury list . . . Middle linebaker Harold McLinton, who suffered a pinched nerve in his right shoulder against the Eagles, reported yesterday he still had not regained the feeling in his right arm . . The team's latest injury: Bobby Mitchell, director of pro scouting, twisted a knee while playing paddle ball at Redskin Park.