Kim McQuilken, the backup quarterback released by the Redskins almost three months ago, was re-signed by the club yesterday, as starter Joe Theismann recuperates from his second hamstring injury.

To make room on the roster, the club released veteran reserves Joe Jones, a defensive end, and center Dan Peiffer.

"That leaves one spot open, which should be filled in the next two days," a team spokesman said.

Veteran all-pro center Tom Banks was expected to arrive late last night and begin working out with the club this afternoon.

McQuilken, in his seventh year out of Lehigh, joined the Redskins in 1978 after four years with Atlanta. He was released the week before the regular season began, after the team acquired Mike Kruczek.

Kruczek finished Sunday's loss to Dallas when Theismann reinjured his right hamstring, and is expected to start if Theismann is not able to play Sunday in Atlanta.

Theismann is "making progress," the spokesman said yesterday, "but we won't know until (today) whether Joe will be listed as out, doubtful, questionable or probable."

The Redskins did not practice yesterday, but are scheduled to work out for two hours today, at which time Theismann's injured leg will be examined by team physicians and trainer Bubba Tyer.