Mike Bragg, chanced upon a couple of weeks ago practicing his punting on the Chantilly High School field, reckoned there might still be a place for him in pro football. There is: RFK Stadium.
The popular longtime Redskin, later Colt, will be one of 'em when the Washington Federals announce today the first several members of their United States Football League roster. Look, too, for the Federals to introduce a popular local collegian or three.
And to confirm these per-game ticket prices for USFL in RFK next March through July: $18 (mezzanine), $14 (400 level), $12 (500 level), and 26,000 seats at $10 . . .
Meanwhile, in the NFL, Billy Sims not only has reported to the Lions and begun practice, but has been made part of Coach Monte Clark's game plan for Sunday's opener versus the Bears -- and Joe Cribbs, Sims' fellow holdout running back client of agent Jerry Argovitz, is reported about to follow suit and report to the Bills today.
But two new absentees at practice in Pontiac: kicker Eddie Murray and punter Tom Skladany. Unhappy with their contracts . . .
In New England, waiver pickup of the all-time Raider rusher, Mark van Eeghen, cost No. 3 Patriot all-time yard gainer Don Calhoun his job. The Patriots also signed Rex Robinson to kick Sunday at Baltimore . . .
In Dallas, Tom Landry distracted from preparations for Monday night's Steelers game: had to testify in a suit by three ex-Cowboys for damages because of still-lasting injuries incurred during the 1960s and '70s. Mike Gaechter (Achilles' tendon), Willie Townes (thigh) and Leon Donohue (knees) told a jury the team's doctors didn't inform them of medical implications. Landry maintained, "It is my policy . . . that a player never be denied any information that might be detrimental to his well-being" and he would never let one risk aggravating any serious injury.