Second-man Reggie Haynesse is expected to start at tight end in place of Jean Fugett Sunday when the Redskins open their season against the New England Patriots in Foxboro, Mass.
Fugett, last year's leading receiver with 36 receptions, bruised his left knee in a preseason game against the Baltimore Colts three weeks ago and has been limping ever since.
He was in pads at yesterday's practice, but did "only a little bit," Coach Jack Pardeesaid. "We plan on starting Reggie Sunday."
Fugett's playing status was changed from "probable" to "questionable" yesterday.
In other developments yesterday, the Redskins announced that rookie wide receiver Larry Franklin had been put on waivers to make room for wide receiver John McDaniel, acquired from Kansas City.
The quarterback situation remained unchanged, but it is almost certain that Joe Theismann will start. Kilmer was listed as No. 1 on the depth chart but, once again yesterday, as has been the case all week, Theismann got most of the work in practice.
When asked who would start Kilmer smiled and said, "If you can't tell now . . . You've seen all the practices, haven't you?"
Haynes, a 6-foot-2, 229-pounder who spent his rookie season on the injured-reserve list, started the last preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons.
He caught five passes for 82 yards and a touchdown in the four exhibition games.
"This is a great opportunity for me," he said of his upcoming start. "That's the only way I can look at it. I'm anxious to get going. All I need is playing time. I want to get in there and start some fires."
Pardee said the Redskins have had an interest in McDaniel "for quite awhile. I just wish we'd have had him in a while ago, but he wasn't available."
The Bengals, with a wealth of talented receivers, including Isaac Curtis and Billy Brooks, waived McDaniel Tuesday and he was picked up right away by Kansas City. The Redskins then traded an undisclosed draft choice to the Chiefs for him.
The Redskins have eight receivers on their roster, one more than Pardee had originally said he wanted to carry, but rookie J. T. Smith has turned into a valuable utility man, so he isn't looked at as strictly a receiver.
"J. T. is doing everything," Pardee said of the rookie from North Texas State. "He can fill in as a defensive back and he handles both kicks and punts in addition to being a wide receiver. He does a lot of things for us and on a small squad, a player like that is important."
The Redskins got a bit of a scare early during yesterday's practice when starting wide receiver Danny Buggs slipped on the wet Astro turf and twisted his knee. After trainers Bubba Tyer and Joe Kuczo worked over him for a few minutes, Buggs continued to practice. Afterwards, Buggs said he was all right.
Pardee spent much of the workout preparing his team on "special situations. New England runs every kind of blitz and dog available and it takes time to work on them," Pardee said. "We've had a pretty good week's preparation, and it'll be a heckuva test Sunday against those guys."