Redskin coach George Allen has given quarterback Billy Kilmer more work with the first-team offense in practice this week that he has since benching the veteran in favor of Joe Theismann two games ago.
Theismann is still expected to start Sunday's game against the Eagles in Philadelphia. But team sources said Allen has kept Kilmer more prepared for relief work this week than in the two weeks since his benching.
Allen emphasized following yesterday's closed practice that both quarterbacks had worked the two-minute drill.
Team sources also said Kilmer worked one-third to one-half of the remaining drills yesterday with the first unit.
Allen considers this a "sink-or-swim game for his 4-4 team's wildcard playoff hopes.
"I think and hope everybody realizes the position we're in," Allen said. "I've tried to remind them all week."
The Redskins trail the St. Louis Cardinals, 5-3, by one game in the race for the NFC wild-card berth. The Cardinals play Dallas Monday night and even Allen admitted he would be cheering for the archenemy Cowboys.
He added, "But I'm rooting for the Redskins. We have to win."
The Redskins have not scored a touchdown in seven publicly criticized Theismann's play in the final two minutes of Monday night's 10-3 loss to Baltimore.
Veteran Redskins said yesterday's move by Allen to work both quarterbacks on the two-minute drill was an unusual one. The Redskins actually ran through a pair of two-minute drills.
"They put in a second two-minute drill just for Billy to run," said one source.
Allen said he gave the offense the extra work because of the dry weather following almost two weeks of continuous rain.
Allen said it appeared that special-teams standout Pete Wysocki, who missed last week's game with a pulled hamstring, will be ready for the Eagles . . . Tackle George Starke, who bruised a calf muscle against the Colts, worked yesterday and appears set for the game . . . The Redskins, who are 9-2 in Monday-night play, have only a 5-5 record on the following Sundays . . . Eddie Brown needs three yards on 94 returns. Rickie Harris all-time punt returns. Rickie Harris holds the record-1,012 yards on 118 returns.