Ken Houston, the retired all-pro Redskin safety, said yesterday that, "At this point, I don't think there is much possibility I'll be joining the Oilers."

Houston's comments were prompted by reports Tuesday that he would come out of retirement to play for the Houston Oilers, who are growing impatient with the holdout of starting safety Mike Reinfeldt.

"For a long time after I left Washington, I did think I'd wind up playing again," Houston said in a telephone conversation from his home in Houston. "I reached an agreement with Coach (Ed) Biles that if he needed me, I'd be on call.

"But Mike can come to training camp with one week left and be ready in time for the season. The Oilers have good, young talent back there. I don't think they'll be needing me."

"I can still play. I've been running every day, though not the type of running you do in camp. I guess it would take me a week to get back into stride. I'll probably hear from a few other clubs now. But I don't think I'll be playing."

Houston is the new head football coach at Sterling High School in Houston.