CARLISLE, PA., AUG. 11 -- It appears that Markus Koch, the Washington Redskins' top draft choice in 1986, will start in Dexter Manley's right defensive end spot against the Pittsburgh Steelers at 8 p.m. Friday at RFK Stadium.

Three-year veteran Steve Hamilton, who replaced Manley after he partially tore a knee ligament in a scrimmage last Saturday, is expected to see quite a bit of playing time, but will not start, Redskins coaches said.

"Steve has been rushing the passer {from the tackle spot}, so it's probably more logical to start Markus {at end}," said Coach Joe Gibbs.

"We're working with combinations," said defensive line coach Torgy Torgeson. "We'll have them all in there Friday."

The Redskins even have moved three-year veteran tackle Dean Hamel to defensive end in order to team him with Hamilton, playing tackle, on pass rushing situations.

"I wouldn't be surprised to find myself anywhere on the line," said Koch, who has worked at both tackle and end in training camp. "I finished on the left side last year and now I'm on the right side."

Injury update: In addition to Manley, six players did not practice today and their availability for Friday's preseason game is in doubt. They are running backs George Rogers (sprained left big toe) and Kelvin Bryant (strained right quadriceps), cornerback Brian Davis (strained right thigh), offensive tackle Wally Kleine (swollen right knee), linebacker Anthony Copeland (sprained left knee) and running back Dwight Garner (bruised left foot).

Tight end Todd Frain suffered a bruised tailbone during practice and left the field for treatment.

Middle linebacker Neal Olkewicz, the Redskins' player representative, said if a new collective bargaining agreement is not decided upon by the time the old contract expires Aug. 31, it's possible players would keep playing without a contract "for a while."

A Redskins spokesperson said today the team will no longer release statistics on the daily kicking competition between Jess Atkinson, Max Zendejas and Andre Guardi.