Mike Nelms, the Redskins' Pro Bowl kick returner, said yesterday he wasn't sure yet if he would be able to bring back both kickoffs and punts against Minnesota Saturday.

"I think I'll be okay," said Nelms, who has a sorely bruised thigh. "But if I don't come along, I may have to limit it just like I did against New Orleans (when he only returned punts).

"I really won't know for sure until pregame warmups. I'll see how it feels and then I'll tell the coaches and we'll talk it over."

Nelms, who has been plagued the last month with thigh injuries, hurt his leg against Detroit last week. He has worked out lightly this week, trying to let the injury rest.

"It's a lot better than it was," he said. "It's just sore right now, and if that's all it is Saturday, I can live with that. Before, there was pain all around it. When I had a bruise in my other thigh, I rushed it too fast and pulled a muscle above it. I don't want to make the same mistake this time."

If Nelms can't return kickoffs, either Alvin Garrett or Nick Giaquinto likely would replace him.

Coach Joe Gibbs expects Nelms and the other injured players to be well by Saturday. Linebacker Neal Olkewicz again did not have contact yesterday to rest his sore knee and Garrett rested a sore hip. But Virgil Seay had his first extensive work at receiver in two weeks after coming off a hip injury.