Clarence Harmon, former Redskins running back who pleaded guilty Monday to possession of cocaine in Texarkana, Tex., cannot play for any National Football League team until his case has been reviewed by NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle, the league said yesterday.
Harmon, who was released by the Redskins two weeks ago, is a free agent and is free to sign with any other NFL team, but he must await a ruling by the commissioner before he can play, NFL spokesman Joe Browne said.
Harmon, who was placed on probation for 10 years and fined $5,000, is interested in playing for another NFL team and feels he can make a contribution, according to his lawyer, Spencer Kopf.
Earlier this summer Rozelle suspended four players, E.J. Junior, Ross Browner, Greg Stemrick and Pete Johnson, for the first four games of the 1983 season after they had been linked to cocaine use or possession in court proceedings.
Defensive back Vernon Perry, another player who was linked to cocaine use, was waived by the Houston Oilers and signed last month by the New Orleans Saints but has not yet played pending completion of a review of his case by Rozelle.
The Redskins had their usual day off from practice yesterday, although the coaching staff was busy watching films and preparing for Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs . . . The team's injury report to the league includes Vernon Dean (jammed neck), fullback John Riggins (sprained ankle), guard Russ Grimm (bruised shoulder), receiver Alvin Garrett (bruised thigh and bruised ribs), safety Curtis Jordan (bruised thigh) and linebacker Monte Coleman (bruised thigh). All except Coleman are expected to be available against the Chiefs.