Redskin tight end Jean Fugett will undergo surgery to remove cartilage in his left knee on Jan. 4, the second operation on that knee in eight months.
He said yesterday he has been told he will be able to resume his football career.
Fugett said he tore the cartilage in his knee when he landed on it trying to make a diving catch in a preseason game against the Baltimore Colts Aug. 18. He limped through the seaon, catching 25 passes.
"I do feel that I did come back from the first opration [last Mrach] too fast," Fugett said. "Look at other players around the league with the same injuries and you'll see O.J., for example, who had his knee operation before me, not playin until the third or fourth preseason game. I was doing more than the doctor wanted me to do.
"I was encouraged to practice and I did. The doctor told me not to go through two-a-days, but I did. Was I pressured? When you're a player, you have the pressure on you, spoken or unspoken, to practice. We had a new coach, and I felt it was important to get off on the right foot.
"I played all year because I felt I was needed. I knew I couldn't play up to my usual standards, but I figured if the coaches though I was hurting the team, they'd not play me."
The redskin also reported that defensive tackle Bill Brundige, who missed the 1978 season with a foot injury, underwent a successful appendectomy Tuseday
Cornerback Lermar Parrish had the cast removed from his broken right arm yesterday, and offensive tackle george Strake also had a cast removed from his badly sprained right knee and has begun a rehabilitaion program.