Bill Brundige, an eight-year Redskin veteran and starting defensive tackle, said yesterday he was unsure whether he would be able to play this season.
With the start of training camp only 3 1/2 weeks away, the 30-year-old Brundige said he "can jog a little bit, but can't run per se" because of the injured left foot on which he continued to play as the Redskins fought for a playoff berth at the end of last season.
"I still have a lot of problems," Brundige said. "I have a hard time pushing off on it. If you can't push off, it's right tough to play - you can't change directions, you can't accelerate."
Coach Jack Pardee is unsure whether Brundige will pass the team's physical examination when the Redskins report to their Carlisle, Pa., training camp July 15.
"I'm hoping so much he can play," Pardee said. "It will be a while in camp. He will be worked in slowly at best."
Brundige said his problem concerns the ankle joint and arch of the left foot. He said he visited Dr. Stanford Lavine last week and the team physician prescribed special arch supports for him.
Pardee said he does not expect tight end Tom Mitchell, who had a bad knee, to pass the physical. Mitchell was obtained in an off-season trade with the San Francisco 49ers as insurance after starting tight end Jean Fugett underwent knee surgery last winter.
Pardee reaffirmed that cornerback Pat Fischer does not fit into his plans. Fischer, the feisty little cornerback who had back surgery last October, failed to pass his physical for the Redskin minicamp in May.
Meanwhile, Pardee, having had a month to evaluate a three-day mini-camp for Redskin veterans, said he was convinced the Redskins could deploy a 3-4 defense, which features four linebackers.
By using the 3-4, the Redskins would be taking advantage of their best strength - depth at linebacker. Pardee said he anticipates using Mike Curtis and Harold McLinton as the inside linebackers in such a formation.
Pardee said his foremost doubt about the 3-4 was how easily his players could adapt to it under their current system.
"I've eliminated those doubts from mymind," he said. "It adapts very easily to the same terminology and everything we've done."
At the minicamp, tackle Diron Talbert was used mainly as the middle guard in the three-man front. Pardee said yesterday he believes Talbert, tackle Dave Butz and end Ron McDole all can play the position.