Redskin Coach Jack Pardee said yesterday that defensive tackle Dave Butz probably won't play Monday night against the Giants and that tight end Jean Fugett probably will see spot duty only.
Butz and Fugett injured knees last week against Detroit. Pardee said Fugett, who worked out lightly yesterday, is hurting less than Butz, who tried to run a few easy strides along the sidelines.
"I'm not going to rule him (Butz) out," Pardee said, "but it doesn't look too good. We've got, what, 54 hours to go, and not much work time in between.
"I hope he'll be available if necessary. But without practice time, all I can see him playing is in an injury or an emergency situation. If he came out and felt okay, he might have spot duty."
That means veteran Paul Smith, who came over from Denver as a free agent in the offseason, will start next to Diron Talbert at tackle. Smith, 12-year veteran, is 34. Talbert, a 13-year man, is 35, and end Coy Bacon, who has been in the league 12 years, is 36. The fourth member of the front line, end Karl Lorch, is 29.
Pardee said he is not counting on alternating Fugett with rookie Don Warren, as in the first two games.
"We aren't talking about him playing even half the time," Pardee said. "I hope he will be available but it will be a case of picking a spot with him, too."
The Redskins have been sending in their offensive plays with the tight ends. Pardee said they probably will use backs as carriers now, with Clarence Harmon and Buddy Hardeman spelling Benny Malone and John Riggins.