Coach Jack Pardee is concerned that at least one of his two injured starting wide receivers may not be able to suit up Sunday when the Redskins play at Philadelphia for the NFL Eastern Division lead.
"I don't like the situation right now," Pardee said yesterday. "Ricky Thompson (hip pointer) seems to be moving better today and I think he will be able to play Sunday, I hope so.
"Danny Buggs (sprained big toe) is hobbling. It's going to be sore for a while and sometimes that kind of injury doesn't respond very quickly. I don't know about Danny."
Both Thompson and Buggs were injured during the Redskins' 16-7 triumph over Atlanta Sunday. Thompson left in the first quarter but Buggs played the entire contest and caught a career-high 10 passes.
Washington now has only one healthy wide receiver, John McDaniel. As a precaution, the Redskins will bring in free agent Dennis Law today for a one-day tryout. Law had been obtained by Washington in a trade with Cincinnati during the preseason but decided to retire and never reported.
The Redskins also could re-sign Chris DeFrance, whom they released Saturday to make room for tackle Perry Brooks. But Pardee does not think DeFrance is ready to play in a game.
Pardee also said that he would file a formal complaint with NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle over the incident Sunday in which Falcon defensive tackle Mike Lewis slugged quarterback Joe Theismann.
"I haven't seen it in the films yet and we may not have it," Pardee said. "But I already told the (game) officials I would file a complaint."
"I don't know what brought it about yet, but I don't want my players doing that or anyone else doing it to my players.
"When you mug someone on the street, you get arrested. You just don't take a shot at someone. He (Lewis) should receive some sort of reprimand or something. That can't go on; if you let it go on, it will come up again."
Lewis slugged Theismann in the backfield after a running play. Theismann, who had tried to help up the Falcon player, was hit on the ear and knocked down. None of the game officials saw the punch and there was no penalty on the play.
The Redskin defensive yardage yield of 156 Sunday was its lowest since 1974 . . . The Washington secondary is allowing foes to complete just 41 percent of their passes . . . Theismann is second to Roger Staubach in the NFC quarterback ratings. His 19-of-26 passing performance Sunday was his career-best percentage.