Receiver Ricky Thompson's hip pointer was the only significant injury suffered by the Redskins today in their 16-7 triumph over Atlanta.
There was no immediate estimate on how long Thompson, the clubs leading receiver entering the game, would be out. Teammate Paul Smith, who had a hip pointer last week, did not play today.
Danny Buggs hurt a big toe, tackle George Starke sprained an ankle and linebacker Rich Milot bruised a shoulder. Center Bob Kuziel was hit on the chin by a punch and had a sore mouth and jaw. And tackle Terry Hermeling was knocked in the chest and had trouble breathing in the fourth period.
"If Danny Buggs hadn't been able to continue, we would have used Jean Fugett at wide receiver," said Coach Jack Pardee.
The Redskins defense, which was having so many problems in the first two games, now has allowed only 14 points in the last 12 quarters.
"We seem better prepared, we have better schemes," said Milot. "They (Atlanta) might have run something successfully one time against us today but not again. We knew what they were going to do."
Said end Joe Jones, who played the whoel game for injured Karl Lorch: "We're working and the young guys are getting better. And we're going to get even better."
Danny Buggs, who went to high school in Atlanta and lives here in the offseason, had caught just four-passes entering the game, but had 10 receptions today.
"I think I can get that open every game," he said, "but sometimes somebody else is the primary receiver. I knew they would be gunning for me today, but Joe (Theismann) just threw so well. He threw it so you can catch it."
Pardee admitted he was concerned when Thompson went out in the first quarter. The Redskins, who had planned to pass frequently to their wide receivers today, cut reserve Chris DeFrance Saturday and had only three ends on their roster.
"Danny responded when he had to," Pardee said. "The whole team did. We had to play offense and defense the whole way today, we didn't get way ahead as we have been.
"They are playing good team football. That's what is so satisfying."
Coach Leeman Bennett said the Redskins "just lined up and flat-headed us all," meaning Washington ran over his 2-3 team. "I can't remember a team physically whipping us like that. We wore down in the second half and they didn't."
That will be music to the ears of Pardee, who went into training camp this season determined to produce a more physical team.
Falcon players also said that the Redskins seemed more like a team this year. "They are playing better together," said cornerback Rolland Lawrence.
Free safety Mark Murphy did a fine job on imitating a basketball shot-blocker today. Ranging deep into the secondary against Bartkowski's long throws, Murphy knocked away a handful of passes by timing his jump and batting the throw just as it was coming to the Atlanta receiver.