The newest Redskin, Jim Youngblood, spent the last 11 seasons playing football in southern California. He was a starting linebacker for the Los Angeles Rams and still lives with his family in Huntington Beach, where his two daughters go to school.

Yesterday, three weeks after he was cut by the Seattle Seahawks, the San Diego Chargers called, asking him to play for them.

He said no.

Ten minutes earlier, he had hung up with the Washington Redskins, who wanted Youngblood to play for them.

He decided he was ready to leave California. He already had said yes.

"I thought this was a better organization," Youngblood said yesterday after his first practice at Redskin Park. "The whole situation I liked better (than the Chargers')."

Youngblood, 34, was signed to a one-year contract by the Redskins, who placed linebacker Stuart Anderson on injured reserve with an aggravated groin pull.

Youngblood worked out for the Redskins last week, then was called by the Chargers and went to San Diego to try out there.

"I feel too good to get out of the game," he said. "If I was beat up or unhealthy, I would. I was confident somebody would need another linebacker."

The Redskins did. Coach Joe Gibbs said Youngblood "will help us at outside linebacker. The fact is we were down to only carrying a limited number of linebackers. We were going a little thin there."

Youngblood, who played in 147 games, including 98 starts, for the Rams, signed with the Seahawks as a free agent in March, but was released in training camp. He has 14 interceptions and four touchdowns in his NFL career.

Youngblood solves one injury problem for the Redskins, but others remain. Wide receiver Charlie Brown, who pulled a hamstring muscle against San Francisco, missed practice and is "questionable," Gibbs said, for Sunday's home game against the New York Giants.

Defensive tackle Dave Butz, who has a sprained foot, also missed practice. "Right now," Gibbs said, "it doesn't look good (for Butz to play Sunday)."