Washington Federals linebacker Dan Lloyd, who has seen limited action since joining the team, was placed on waivers yesterday at his own request, Coach Ray Jauch said.

Jauch said Lloyd asked to be released when the Federals invited for a tryout Kevin McLain, a former Colorado State linebacker who was a first-round draft pick of the Los Angeles Rams in 1976.

"He just felt that if we were looking at an another linebacker it was in his best interests to be released," Jauch said. " . . . I'm sorry to see Dan go. I'd like to see him stay, but it was his decision to make."

Lloyd, formerly of the New York Giants, was sidelined for two years while being treated for lymph cancer. He tried to rejoin the Giants last year, but was cut during preseason. He joined the Federals four weeks ago after being released by the USFL's New Jersey Generals.

Lloyd could not be reached for comment yesterday, but there were reports he might be joining the Michigan Panthers. A Panthers spokesman could not confirm that, but Michigan traded linebacker Mel Land to Birmingham yesterday for a draft choice, leaving room for a linebacker.

Jauch said McLain was invited in for a tryout yesterday "because he's an interesting player. Anytime you can look at a first-round draft pick, you do it."