Guard Ron Saul, fighting to maintain a spot on the Redskin roster, has been slowed by a knee injury that is limiting his practice time.

"I banged it up in the game Friday night (against Kansas City)," Saul said. "I've tried to push it but it's sore." He hopes to play against the Minnesota Vikings in RFK Stadium Friday night.

Although another guard, Russ Grimm, is working out again after a leg pull last week, the Redskins continue to use Jerry Scanlan as the first-team left guard alongside Mark May.

Rookie tackle Joe Jacoby, a free agent from Louisville, has been impressive and probably will be used frequently against the Vikings. Jacoby is the leading candidate for the swing tackle position.

Now that practices are closed to the public, the Redskins aren't faced with as many autograph requests, which has eliminated a postpractice trauma for many of the players.

Some tried to escape the signature seekers by going out a back door of the locker room and emerging behind the crowds. Others would watch teammates wade through the gathering first before making their exit, normally unnoticed.

The most marked man continues to be quarterback Joe Theismann, who obligingly faces the visitors every day, meeting every request. He long ago found it useless to wait out the fans, although he usually is among the last players out of the dressing room.