CARLISLE, PA., AUG. 6 -- The Redskins are talking as if they are running out of patience with holdouts Dave Butz and Keith Griffin.
General Manager Bobby Beathard said there are no new developments in negotiations with either player. He added that he is considering reducing the team's offers.
"We'll see what happens by the end of the weekend," he said.
Butz, a starter at defensive tackle, and Griffin, who returned kicks and was used on third downs out of the backfield, will have missed a week if they do not show up by Friday. Both have received offers from the team, which is waiting for signatures or replies. Butz, who does not have an agent, has not replied to the offer, a source said, while Griffin's agent, Doug Hafner, seems willing to work on it.
Coach Joe Gibbs is getting impatient with the players, too.
"Something's got to happen," he said after this afternoon's practice. "I think it's going to get more serious pretty quick."
Offensive tackle Mark May, who twisted a knee Monday, went through some agility drills today for the first time, but there is very little chance he will scrimmage Saturday against the New York Jets at Lafayette College in Easton, Pa.
"I think he's pretty close," Gibbs said of May. "We'll probably start him again Monday."
Rookie tackle Ed Simmons had a sore knee after Wednesday night's scrimmage and stayed out of some drills today. He, too, is unlikely to participate Saturday. Gibbs said Dan McQuaid will move to right tackle for the scrimmage.
Running back George Rogers said his sore left big toe is "getting better," but he, too, will not participate Saturday. It isn't known when he will be able to practice again.
Gibbs was asked about Lawrence Taylor's assertion in the excerpts from his book, "LT: Living on the Edge," that Redskins quarterback Jay Schroeder was "shell-shocked" in the NFC championship game won by the New York Giants.
"No more book comments," said Gibbs, who took some heat in Joe Theismann's newly released book. "I'm out of the book business."