Three draft picks -- wide receiver Jamie Harris (seventh round), offensive guard Mitch Geier (ninth) and cornerback Garry Kimble (11th) -- were among 17 players cut by the Washington Redskins today when they reduced their roster to 60 players.

The team also released linebacker Jeff Pegues and offensive tackle Curt Singer, whom they drafted fifth and sixth, respectively, in 1984.

The others: veteran running back Jeff Moore; veteran offensive tackle Morris Towns; defensive tackles Paul Sverchek, James Zachery and Dan Coleman; linebacker Ken Ford; tight end David Hersey; offensive guard Tony Kepano; quarterback Dan Lonergan; defensive end Aaron Moog; wide receiver Boris Pendergrass, and punter Dale Walters.

The Redskins placed 12 players on injured reserve, including strong safety Ken Coffey, who had knee surgery last week. Because a player must clear waivers during the season if he was placed on injured reserve before the final 45-man roster was decided upon, this is a strong indication he will miss the season.

Others placed on injured reserve: offensive guard Bruce Kimball (back surgery for herniated disk); tight end Terry Orr (scheduled for knee surgery Thursday); wide receivers Mark McGrath (hamstring) and Tony Anderson (hamstring); running backs Vince Hall (knee) and Lionel Vital (hamstring); tight end Ron Egloff (finger); linebacker Darnell Dailey (neck); safety Kurt Kafentzis (finger); guard-center Chris Osswald (ankle), and offensive tackle Kelly Thomas (back).

Defensive tackle Bob Slater, the team's top draft pick in 1984, was placed on the physically unable to perform list because of knee surgery this spring. It's unlikely he will return this season.

The Redskins' shotgun "is shot," Coach Joe Gibbs said. After an 18-yard loss due to a high snap in Sunday's preseason victory over the Los Angeles Raiders, he decided to scrap the formation.

Quarterback Babe Laufenberg will play second after Joe Theismann against the New England Patriots Friday at 8 p.m. at RFK Stadium.

"We want to give him an opportunity," Gibbs said. "He's been here and worked hard. Part of the competition is letting him play. He played late in the Atlanta game but didn't play at Los Angeles.

Said Gibbs of Jay Schroeder, the apparent No. 2 quarterback: "Just about everything we've asked from him, he's done."

Defensive end Tony McGee, 36, did not pass a physical, Gibbs said, and will not return to the team. He had knee surgery in the offseason . . . Wide receiver Calvin Muhammad (finger) practiced today and might play against the Patriots. Wide receiver Charlie Brown (hamstring) did not practice. Strong safety Tony Peters missed some of practice with a slightly pulled hamstring . . . The New England game is a sellout. It will be televised live on WTTG-TV-5.