Redskin defensive end Coy Bacon, who left Redskin Park Tuesday in an apparent contract dispute, was not at practice yesterday.
Bacon left the park angry after seeing the first paycheck. He said, "I won't be back here tomorrow,' and wasn't.
Bacon, acquired from Cincinnati in the offseason with cornerback Lemar Parrish, has played well at right defensive end, helping the Redskins in a 3-0 record. With Sunday's game here against the New York fast approaching, his absence yesterday obviously upset Coach Jack Pardee and General Manager Bobby Beathard.
Parish signed a new five-year contract with the Redskins when he joined the team, but Bacon was already under contract. There was an agreement between Bacon and the Redskins that the contract would not be renegotiated.
However, it was learned that a number of incentives were negotiated into Bacon's contract. When these incentives apparently were not reflected to Bacon's satisfaction in the first paycheck, he became upset.
While Bacon could not be reached for comment, his attorney, Saul Wright of Oceanside, Calif., said: "I think the problem has been resolved. It is nothing that concerns me to the extent that I have to come to Washington. If it did, I would be there.
"I know Coy is anxious to play ball."
Beathard said he had talked with Bacon in the morning and had expected to hear from him again during the day, but did not.
"I talked to Coy once in the morning and to his lawyer three times." Beather said. "The only problem now is that his lawyer can't get hold of him. I expected Coy to be at practice.
"There's a misunderstanding somewhere, Pardee said, after sending his team through a two-hour workout.
"I had expected Coy to be here and I don't know why he wasn't . Whatever the problem is, it can be worked out. But he still has to come to practice. Like I said, I don't know what's wrong, but there shouldn't have been any problem in the first place."
Beathard said yesterday that there may be more troubling Bacon about his salary than the tax deductions that reportedly upset him Tuesday.
"It nothing I can talk about, but the problem Coy seems to be having is not with the Redskins," Beathard said.
Bacon and Parrish came to the Redskins from the Cincinnati Bengals in exchange for a No. 1 draft choice prior to the start of the season.
"I think everything will work out okay." Beathard said. "I expect him to be back and I want him bank. Coy is one of those persons that everyone enjoys being around. There is just a misunderstanding and when that happens out side get hot. It's certainly not something that is going to last.
I'm sure that as soon as Coy talks to his attorney everything will be Okay," Beathard said.
"Coy can survive without one day's practice, but he does need some work," Paradee added. "Where his not being here really hurts is that it leaves us shorthanded."
Besides Bacon, defensive tackle Dave Butz and running back-kick returner Tony Green did not practice yesterday.
Butz has a bruised heel, but is expected to practice today.
Green sprained ligaments in his left knee in the St. Louis game last Sunday and is still recovering. His status for the Jets is uncertain, although Pardee was optimistic yesterday.
"Tony is looking pretty good," he said. "He worked with the weights inside and had a pretty good workout. If he builds it up so he can run and cut, then we'll be okay for the game. He still has a little swelling in it, but it's not real bad."
With Green unable to practice, the Redskins are down to three healthy backs, starter Mike Thomas and John Riggins and Clarence Harmon.
Ike Forte, formerly of the New England Patriots, was brought in for a tryout Tuesday but was not signed. Instead, tight end Greg McCrary worked at fullback yesterday and Pardee said that if all goes well, he could possibly become a running back as well as reserve tight end and special teams player.
J.T. Smith who started the season as a defensive back and was then moved to wide receiver, became a halfback a couple weeks ago.
"We'll look at Greg as a fullback for awhile and see what happens. It sure would be a help if we could use him there," Pardee said.
Beathard is high on McCrary, who came to the Redskins in a trade with Atlanta during the preseason.
"I was interested in drafting Greg when I was at Miami," Beathard said. Atlanta drafted him as a linebacker and running back and then moved him to tight end.
"If he proved he could be heck of a running back, that would eliminate a lot of our depth problems," Beathard said.