The Redskins reacted today to the death of St. Louis tight end J.V. Cain Sunday by closely examining their own workout procedures.

"You go over everything just to make sure you are doing things right," said trainer Bubba Tyer. "The key is water, having it always available. There are theories about Gatorade and salt pills and the rest, but I think the key thing is water.

"It's a lot better now concerning water. Under Coach (George) Allen we couldn't have water on the field unless it was really hot. But now coach (Pardee) has it out there, available."

Pardee called Cain's death Sunday night, "really terrible, just awful. These things just aren't always predictable. We take every precaution we can, that's why we run tests like EKGS. if there is any doubt, we have them checked out further.

"Today, Mike Curtis had stomach problems and we didn't have him pratice. Instead, he underwent some tests.

"We keep water on the field all the time. But you know that probably some college player will have it happen to him this year in August."

Pardee said he always has been "scared to death" of a player dying during practice. "I don't want a kid's dying happening to me," he said. "That's why we are so careful."

Pardee said that his former team, the Chicago Bears, even carrier a heart massager or "shocker" after Detroit's Chuck Hughes died in a game against the Bears in 1971.

"I don't know if we have one of those or not," he said. "But here, we've got Carlisle Hospital a block away. That really helps."

Middle lineback Harold McLinton said he would like "to know more background about it. If he had any diseases or if a vein broke or what.

"If a vein broke, then maybe all the teams should have a circulation. test in their physicals. I'd like to know if he had an EKG too.

"I'ts kind of frightening, coming this close to home and in your own shop. That's why when we get hot, we make sure we drink plenty of water."

Tyer said the Redskins always have a few cases of heat exhaustion and cramps during every training camp. Last week, linebacker Ken Geddes was stricken with stomach cramps.

"You are afraid of it, so you watch them closely," Tyer said. "When they have heat problems you get them into the hospital and get fluids into them intravenously. That usually takes cares of it.

"All you can do is be as careful as you can. But when something like this happen, the players begin wondering if they are following the correct procedures. You can't blame them for asking." CAPTION: Picture 1 and 2, Teammates gather as paramedics try to revive Cardinal tight end J. V. Cain. Cain was pronounced dead. UPI