Although most expect rookie Darrell Green to start ahead of LeCharls McDaniel, a third-year reserve cornerback, once the season starts, McDaniel has been practicing with the defense's first unit and Green has been a substitute for him.

Coach Joe Gibbs said earlier this week Green would start Saturday night in a preseason game against Atlanta, but today he deferred to assistant coach Richie Petitbon, who said, "Right now, it's LeCharls' position. But this is only exhibition season. We're not playing Dallas tomorrow . . . "

Free safety Mark Murphy noted that if the Redskins' starting secondary were composed of himself, Vernon Dean (one year), Ken Coffey and Green (neither of whom has played in an NFL regular-season game), then it would have a total of seven years experience. "And I'd have six of them," said Murphy.

Offensive tackle Joe Jacoby's sprained lower back kept him from practicing. Jacoby, who injured the lower right side of his back trying to avoid a pileup during Wednesday night's practice, said he will decide Friday whether he will be able to play at Atlanta.

Todd Hallstrom, a rookie offensive tackle from Minnesota, developed a staph infection on his right knee and is questionable for Saturday's game.

Defensive end Dexter Manley, entering the final year of a three-year contract for the minimum $60,000, met with team owner Jack Kent Cooke and General Manager Bobby Beathard. "It was friendly conversation, much different than last week," said Manley. "No figures were discussed; we just sat down and had a friendly conversation. I think Mr. Cooke respects me and I certainly respect him."