The Redskin officially lost one tackle, veteran Terry Hermeling, to retirement today while failing to persuade another offensive lineman, rookie Gary Sayre, to return to the team.
Hermeling, who was expected to retire, did not show up with the remainder of the veterans by the 6 p.m. reporting deadline. He probably will be placed on the club's reserve list, which would allow the Redskins to activate him later.
Syre, a fifth-round choice from Cameron State, walked out of camp Thursday and declined to return today when contacted by General Manager Bobby Beathard.
Beathard said Sayre was homesick and tired of football.
"I told him to think about his decision and not to make it definite," Beathard said. "I hope he'll change his mind."
Syre was a contender to make the club, probably as a reserve guard. Without him, the Redskin guard corps becomes considerably weaker.
Coach Joe Gibbs said, "I just wish he had talked to someone before he left."
The Redskins made three more cuts today: punters Steve Hoffman and Tom Spadafore and kicker Mike Sochko, the former Maryland star . . . Linebacker Brad Susek, coming off back surgery, slowly is increasing his activity. He now is running more than a mile a day and also going through wind sprints.