Linebacker Pete Wysocki, who has been slowed by a sore knee, has been replaced in the starting lineup by Monte Coleman, the Redskins' second-leading tackler this season.
Although there was no official announcement of the change, Coach Jack Pardee said a month ago he wanted to start Coleman and Brad Dusek as his outside linebackers. But when injuries cut into the special teams, Pardee decided Coleman was too valuable to those units to be used for full-time work with the defense.
Now, however, the special teams have been strengthened by new players, freeing Coleman, the second-year man from Central Arkansas, for a starting role.
Injuries continue to plague the offensive line. Tackel Terry Hermeling, who had surgery to repair torn thumb ligaments Monday, will not start Sunday's game against New Orleans and probably will not play at all. His spot will be taken by Fred Dean. And while center Bob Kuziel continues to work some in practice, it is likely Dan Peiffer will start unless Kuziel's sprained wrist heals considerably in the next 72 hours.
Snapper Jeff Bostic, bothered by back spasms, did not work out again yesterday. Peiffer did all the kick snapping, although Pardee hopes Bostic will be better by Sunday. Defensive end Coy Bacon (sore knee) probably will resume practice today.
"We'll be okay along the offensive line, as long as we don't have anyone else go down at tackle on Sunday," Pardee said. "If we lose a tackle, Peiffer or Kuziel would have to go out there."