Just as the union Washington Redskins calmed down and began to adjust to their role as part-time occupants of Redskin Park for the next several days, news that the NFL was expanding rosters to 85 players upset some of them all over again.

All 45 Redskins on the team's active roster immediately before the strike will be included in the initial 85-man roster, the league said. The roster will be reduced an indeterminate amount after the first week.

Most of the veterans on injured reserve could be activated, among them running back George Rogers, tight end Clint Didier, offensive tackle Mark May and middle linebacker Neal Olkewicz. The rest of the roster almost certainly would be filled with members of the Redskins' replacement team, which has a 2-0 record and is considered one of the best of the nonunion teams.

"That's kind of shocking," said center Jeff Bostic. "I don't think those guys are in any jeopardy of having their head handed to them, but a few players who have been outspoken on the replacement team might have guys take a shot at them."

During the strike, many Redskin veterans said they did not want to have replacement players on their team when the walkout ended. In the last two days, some players have modified their strong feelings about the nonunion players, but several still have said they would not want a nonunion player on their team unless he had made the squad in training camp.

"I don't feel very good about this," said defensive tackle Dave Butz. "This should be very interesting. Here the owners were complaining about cutting rosters down and now they do this. Something here is not consistent."

Although Coach Joe Gibbs said he was not certain how he would handle assimilating the nonunion players with his regulars, assistant general manager Bobby Mitchell said he thought the players would "have to" practice together.

"We're all one now," Mitchell said. "I think it would work out okay. The guys would understand."

Gibbs said he knew before the announcement that teams were going to be able to keep extra players. "It was my hope we were going to keep some for the whole year on a taxi squad of some kind," he said.

At least one returning Redskin, defensive end Charles Mann, said he didn't see a problem giving replacement players "a second chance."

"A lot of people aren't given a second or third chance," Mann said yesterday. "A lot of these guys were given an opportunity to make the team in July and August and did not make it for one reason or another. They have looked good in the replacement games, but many of them didn't make the regular roster because they didn't play well enough. That was not easily noticed in the last few weeks, but when the real league plays, you'll notice."

From the players' point-of-view, the huge poststrike rosters are "an owner's insurance policy," against another walkout, Bostic said.

The owners said that players can be added to the 45-man game rosters five minutes before kickoff, apparently to allow teams to cope with a mass walkout. This is a fear of the Management Council, but several Redskins said it's not in their plans.

"They're doing that in case we walk out," said Butz. "We won't."

Around the league, there have been suggestions that replacement players who do play in regular games will see most of their playing time on special teams. Mann says that's fine with him.

"That's okay if they let them fly down and play on special teams," Mann said. "I could see them playing that. Most of the younger guys play on special teams anyway. But I sure don't see them starting."

Offensive tackle Mark Carlson, a replacement player, said he would welcome an opportunity to stay with the Redskins.

"I guess there would be a transition period so the coaches could see if there are any players in our group they would like to keep," Carlson said. "I don't know how the veterans would feel, although I imagine there might be some animosity because we are here."

Mitchell said he thought the increased roster sizes were "a great idea."

"It gives us a little longer to watch a kid," he said. "They will look different against the veterans. It gives coaches a lot of leeway."

The regular players came to Redskin Park yesterday morning not to meet, argue or picket, but to work out. They were not angry, nor were they particularly happy. According to player representative Olkewicz, they were "resigned."

"Obviously if we knew we'd go four weeks without accomplishing anything, we wouldn't have done it," Olkewicz said of the strike. "Who would have felt the owners would not negotiate for four weeks? I wouldn't."

As he spoke, Olkewicz held a towel and some of his clothes. Each "They're doing that {increasing the rosters} in case we walk out. We won't."

-- Redskins' Dave Butz

returning player was given a bag for his belongings and was told to use his regular locker.

But, when each left, he had to take all of his things with him, because the locker right now belongs to a replacement player.

"It's just kind of a rest stop right now," Olkewicz said of his locker.

The mood among the several dozen players who lifted weights, ran and threw or caught passes was decidedly calmer than a day before, when Gibbs called an evening meeting to settle down his players.

"Everybody was kind of relaxed today," Gibbs said. "I sensed the pressure was off. Today is nothing compared to yesterday. Yesterday was a real hard day for everybody. I'm glad the emotions and everything are over."

The one thing that wasn't supposed to happen yesterday at Redskin Park did happen, however.

The replacement team and several regular Redskins were in the building at the same time.

The veterans had the run of the place until noon, when they were to leave and the replacement bus was to pull in.

But the bus was five minutes early, and as the replacements filed out of the bus into a back door, they saw some of the regulars still working out in the weight room and standing in the locker room. By all accounts, there was no interaction between either group.

"What was I going to say to them?" asked Bostic, one of the last veterans to leave. "We just saw each other in passing."

"There was no problem," said replacement wide receiver Anthony Allen. "However, that was the closest we've come to each other."

Quarterback Jay Schroeder, who said his sprained right shoulder is 100 percent healthy, threw yesterday with some wide receivers.

He said the regular Redskins plan to begin practicing Monday with more organized drills, while their coaches and the replacement players are in Dallas for their game with the Cowboys. Gibbs said one of the team's weight coaches would stay behind to supervise those workouts.