Halfback Buddy Hardeman, who started the Redskin season opener last year against Dallas, was waived today.
The decision to release Hardeman was not unexpected. He had received little work in camp, as the club concentrated on developing newly acquired backs Terry Metcalf and Joe Washington.
"Buddy and his agent talked to me before camp and asked me to let him know as quickly as possible if he was going to play here," Coack Joe Gibbs said. "Buddy's main duty for us would have been as a pass receiver and we have a lot of other backs who can do that, too."
Hardeman, who lost his starting spot to Wilbur Jackson a week into the 1980 season, was one of the league's better kick returners in 1979, his first year with the Redskins. He also rushed for 124 yards and caught 21 passes in 1979 before breaking his jaw. Last year, he gained 132 yards and caught 16 passes.
"I'm just glad they made a decision now," said Hardeman, who also was playing behind Bobby Hammond and George Ragsdale. "This will give me time to try to make a deal for myself. I could see I really didn't fit in as soon as I came to camp."
Gibbs said that rookie linebacker Larry Kubin, nursing a bad knee when he signed with the team this week, is healthy enough now to begin practicing. "We just want to give him more time," Gibbs said. With Brad Dusek, the club's other injured linebacker, expected to begin limited workouts in a week, the Redskin backup linebacker situation could be improving . . . Fullback Rickey Claitt is returning to Washington undergo surgery for hemorrhoids. Claitt had been enjoying a good camp, but has not been able to practice this week . . . The Pigskin Club of Washington is bringing 16 busloads of fans to attend practice Tuesday. Club officials expect about 700 people to make the annual trip . . . Tackle Joe Jacoby, who has been in Louisville since his mother died last week, returned here today but did not participate in the scrimmage.