Twenty-four hours after he said he had been manhandled by the Oakland Raiders, Redskin quarterback Joe Theismann still was steaming yesterday and prodding the league to take action against overly rough players.
Theismann was slammed to the turf in the final minutes Sunday by defensive end Willie Jones, injuring his left shoulder. The referee's whistle already had blown and the Raiders were assessed a 15-yard penalty for unnecessary roughness.
National Football League headquarters will review films of Sunday's game, won by the Raiders, 24-21. A league spokesman said yesterday that all game films are reviewed by Art McNally, NFL supervisor of officials, "as a matter of course" and the league can impose fines or suspensions for flagrant infractions that went undetected by game officials.
Although he called Jone's action "unnecessary . . . shouldn't be part of the game," Washington Coach Jack Pardee said he would not push the issue because of the league's own procedures. However, a battered Theismann came to Redskin Park to have his body iced "from head to toe" and later implored NFL owners to take strong action.
"I don't mean to belabor the point, but it (the shoulder) hurts like hell," Theismann said. "It's stupid to feel this way the day after a game for no reason at all. I'm really ticked off. It's totally unnecessary. I don't mind the other ones (bruised groin, foot and knee). They're part of the game. m
"The owner's go away to these meetings and they worry about holes in socks and laces on shoes and socks being pulled over other socks. Yet one of their toys can get broken up and they don't care. Aren't they the ones who make the rules? . . . This has no place in the game of football and it should be dealt with accordingly. It's very unhealthy for quarterbacks.
"Somebody almost broke (Viking quarterback) Tommy Kramer's neck. They almost broke (Steeler quarterback Terry) Bradshaw's neck. Yet, it still goes on and you don't see any real major punishments, or fines, or suspensions. gWhat are they waiting for? Somebody to get killed, and then they're going to do something? There's got to be a deterrent in some way, shape or form. And, until they put a heavy enough deterrent on it, it's going to happen."
Although the NFL recently introduced new rules to protect quarterbacks, the last player suspended for unnecessary roughness or a flagrant foul was defensive back Mel Morgan of the Cincinnati Bengals, in 1977. He was suspended one game for striking Pittsburgh wide receiver John Stallworth across the head with a forearm in a Monday night game. The league has a policy of not announcing fines for players found guilty of such infractions.
Jones, a second-year NFL player, did not return a reporter's phone calls last night. But, after Sunday's game, he told The Oakland Tribune: "It was a clean hit. I was surprised the penalty was called."
Jones also was quoted as saying he was frustrated by the holding of Washington's patchwork offensive line.
"The way those guys were holding me," he told Tribune Sports Editor Bob Valli, "when I got there, I felt like I wanted to tear his (Theismann's) head off. But I wasn't trying to shorten his career. I was just doing my job and I don't think he landed on his head. I thought his shoulder hit the ground. I wouldn't intentionally throw a guy on his head. I just picked him up and threw him down. I wasn't trying to hurt him."
Oakland quarterback Dan Pastorini said referees miss more stuff than they catch. Raider guard Gene Upshaw, president of the NFL Players Association, said, "A penalty is all you can do. But if a player continues to do it, they should fire him. The quarterback should be protected at all costs."
Theismann said he expects to practice Wednesday in the team's first major preparation for Sunday's home game against Seattle -- a contest the quarterback labeled "ultraimportant" in light of the team's injuries, 1-2 record and road games the following two weeks at Philadelphia and Denver.
Pardee refused to be cornered into calling the Seattle game a must-win-situation if the Redskins expect to make the playoffs. But, barring an upset in the next two road games, the Redskins likely will be 1-5 if they don't beat the Seahawks.
"It could well be the biggest game of our season," said Theismann. "It's ultraimportant. Everybody has to realize the importance of this football corner, we're going to have to beat them. It's that plain and simple. There are pivotal points of a season. If you're beat up and struggling in the beginning, you've got to come out of it damn near 50-50. If you don't it makes the middle twice as tough and it gives you an awful lot of ground to catch up in the end."
Trainer Bubba Tyer said Theismann probably will be included in the team's injury report to league headquarters Wednesday.
Tyer said the major precaution is to make sure that Theismann's left shoulder receives no further bruises. "We don't want it bruised agian," he said, "because it could get separated."
Pardee said it was too early to determine the status of other Redskins injured against the Raiders. However, it appears that Tony Peter's sprained ankle was the worst of the injuries and that the thigh bruise of guard Jeff Williams is minor.
Pardee also said he was hoping that running back Buddy Hardeman (ankle), left tackle Terry Hermeling (knee) and tight end Don Warren (leg) -- all starters prior to injuries -- will be able to play this week. The coach, however, was not as optimistic about middle linebacker Neal Olkewicz, who has a knee injury.
Pardee said Olkewicz's premature return to practice before the Dallas game and subsequent aggravation of the injury had pushed back his return by two to three weeks.
The Redskins' 1-2 start is their worst since 1970.
The coach said Fred Dean and Gary Anderson, the replacements for regular tackles Hermeling and George Starke, respectively, both played well. rBut he cited a lack of cohesiveness and continuity and the fact that tight end Rick Walker had practiced with the team only five times.
"The tight end's the key to our passing game and our running game," Pardee said, "and he hasn't had enough workouts with us."
Pardee also said the Redskins were not in their nickel defese when Oakland broke two long runs on second down, one for a touchdown. Rather, Pardee said, Peters has been playing linebacker on second-down running situation since Brad Dusek was hurt in training camp. Dusek is just coming back from the injury.
"We've been quiet about it, but Peters has been playing linebacker in that situation. It's a normal defense, not a nickel. He doesn't give away that much and he keeps his balance well."
The coach revealed that kick returner Mike Nelms has been playing with a sore shoulder and that is why he didn't return kicks full time Sunday. . . Pardee said he expects the rushing defense to improve when Olkewicz and Dusek are at full speed again.