Linebacker Brad Dusek, who underwent major back surgery in April, likely will try to play a few downs in the Redskins' exhibition game Saturday at Baltimore.
If Dusek does get into the game, it will provide his first live contact work since the operation. He has refrained from either blocking or tackling in practice.
"I'd like to give it a try, maybe for a few series," Dusek said.
Said Larry Peccatiello, linebacker coach, "We aren't going to overdo it with Brad. We won't keep him in very long, maybe two or three plays. But he wants to take the next step."
Rookie Larry Kubin, who has been rehabilitating an injured knee, also is scheduled to make his first exhibition game appearance. His playing time, however, figures to be much more extensive than Dusek's.
"We'd like to see how far along Larry is," Peccatiello said.
The Redskins are encouraged by the progress guard Jerry Scanlan has made since his minor knee surgery Monday. Scanlan reports that the knee feels so good he thinks he could play Saturday. It is unlikely he will be used, but if he continues to heal quickly, it would ease Coach Joe Gibbs' concern about offensive line injuries...The Redskins ended two-a-day workouts this afternoon with a loud series of cheers. Later, they were treated to the annual team cookout on the lawn outside the players' dormitory. Gibbs will have one practice Friday before breaking camp and heading back to Redskin Park...Gibbs continues to show displeasure with the way the club has practiced this week. "We are going to stay out here until you look sharp," he told the players at one point this afternoon.
Owner Jack Kent Cooke, making his first appearance at training camp in a while, watched the second practice. Cooke will give the major speech at Thursday's Redskin Welcome Home luncheon at the Sheraton Washington.