Coach Joe Gibbs said today he was "really concerned" about the apparent stalemate in negotiations with running back John Riggins, while team owner Jack Kent Cooke said he and Riggins are "a wee bit of a stretch apart" in agreeing on a contract.
"There doesn't seem to be a solution to that right now," Gibbs said after the team's final practice for Saturday's 1 p.m. scrimmage against the New York Jets at Lafayette College in Easton, Pa.
Riggins has not been in contact with the Redskins since Monday, when Cooke offered him a one-year deal close to $1 million, according to sources. Doug Woloshin, Riggins' attorney, rejected the offer, those same sources said. Riggins is asking for a one-year contract that may be worth as much as $1.5 million.
When asked if it's possible Riggins might not play for the Redskins this season, Cooke replied, "It could be. I still refuse to recognize it. I have the patience of Job and I will continue to be very patient."
Kickers Mark Moseley and Tony Zendejas each missed just one kick in practice today, but Moseley attempted five fewer field goals because of a sore leg, special teams coach Wayne Sevier said.
"It's something he gets every year and just works his way through it," Sevier said. Today's competition does not count in the cumulative standings because it merely served as a warm-up to the scrimmage . . . Defensive tackle Tom Beasley suffered a torn capsule in the big toe of his right foot and will undergo surgery Monday at Sibley Hospital, head trainer Bubba Tyer said. He is expected to miss about four weeks . . . Other injuries: tight end Rick Walker (pulled left hamstring), tight end Danzell Lee (bruised thigh) and defensive end Charles Mann (sprained rib cartilage).