EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., OCT. 11 -- Washington Redskins defensive end Dexter Manley and perhaps two or three of his teammates "might be considering coming in" to work at Redskin Park, player representative Neal Olkewicz said by telephone this afternoon.
Because strike negotiations have broken off, Manley is "back being itchy" and might go back to work, Olkewicz said.
Manley became the first Redskin to publicly question the players' strike more than a week ago, saying he was "considering" going back to work. He did not do it, however, saying he wanted to keep "solidarity" with his teammates. Manley could not be reached for comment tonight.
The Redskins are one of several teams who have not had a striking player go back to work. Their replacements have won two consecutive games. The Redskins are scheduled to play Dallas, which has nine union players back, next Monday night at Texas Stadium.
Olkewicz said that in addition to Manley, "two or three" more Redskins also might break ranks with their teammates. Olkewicz would not disclose the names of the other players.
The striking Redskins were expected to hold a team meeting tonight in suburban Virginia to discuss the strike. Olkewicz said he was going to travel Monday to Chicago to meet with other player representatives and NFLPA officials, then report back to his teammates at a meeting Tuesday.
Olkewicz would not comment on the possibility of the Redskins voting to return to work. "We'll just see where everybody's at," he said.
Running back Wayne Wilson, who played 7 1/2 years with New Orleans, said he spoke with running back George Rogers, an old Saints teammate, before signing with the replacement Redskins last week.
"I wanted to get his feelings about it," Wilson said after the nonunion Redskins beat the New York Giants, 38-12, at Giants Stadium. "George told me, 'Go for it. You've got to do what you've got to do.'
"I was pretty sure he would understand my side."
Rogers could not be reached for comment tonight.
Wilson, released by the Los Angeles Raiders before the first preseason game this summer, was playing flag football for a team in Columbia, Md., when the Redskins called him.
Offensive guard Phil Pettey sprained an ankle and defensive lineman Kit Lathrop sprained a knee and will undergo arthroscopic surgery Monday.