The regular Washington Redskins played Monday Morning Football yesterday. Finally, they were the lone inhabitants of Redskin Park.

With the replacement team in Dallas, the union Redskins came and went as they pleased, a far cry from Friday when they essentially had to knock to get in at the conclusion of the football strike.

"They're finally treating us like we belong," tight end Clint Didier shouted as he emerged from the facility.

Later, when it was time for "Monday Night Football," about 30 Redskins sat smugly in an area restaurant, their eyes fixed on a television. When the replacement Redskins recovered a Tony Dorsett fumble, they said nothing. When Dorsett fumbled again, they said nothing.

But when three offensive linemen knocked Dallas veteran Randy White to the turf and fell on him, they cheered.

When Redskins running back Wayne Wilson hurt his leg and couldn't get up on his own, they said: Ahhhh.

Much of the time, the Redskins were serenaded by a group of fans at the restaurant who rooted for the replacement team. "Scabs! Scabs! Scabs!" the fans screamed.

The regular Redskins said nothing.

But in the end, when the last Dallas pass fell incomplete, cornerback Barry Wilburn hugged his nearest teammate, although other Redskins sat motionless.

Earlier, assistant coaches Dan Henning and Emmitt Thomas had directed their hour-long morning workout, which consisted mostly of seven-on-seven passing drills.

Quarterback Jay Schroeder (bruised shoulder) threw, and threw hard. Tackle Mark May (knee) lifted weights and said he's ready to come off the injured reserve list. Linebacker Neal Olkewicz (knee) said the same thing. Other injured reserve players (wide receiver Clarence Verdin and Didier) also practiced.

"We're ready to get the pads on," said running back Kelvin Bryant.

Their practice was closed, but the only secret of the day was a surprise party planned for Olkewicz. Many teammates felt being player representative was a booby prize Olkewicz didn't deserve, so they had planned to pat him on the back last night.

"If they win, we'll definitely owe them a debt of gratitude," Olkewicz said before the game. "But I don't think we'll meet their bus at the airport."

Last night's Dallas game didn't appear to be first and foremost on everyone's minds, although Henning and Thomas were whisked off to the airport for a 1:15 p.m. flight to the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

The players said they were more concerned about their next practice on Wednesday, when the replacement players are expected to join them face-to-face in the Redskin Park locker room. The regular Redskins insist that wouldn't be a good idea, and Henning admitted it might not happen.

"It's up to Joe {Gibbs}," Henning said, "but I don't think Joe's planning on keeping a great many of those {replacement} guys around here."

Rumor had it that the replacement players would dress at their hotel, not in the locker room. Another rumor had them practicing on their own at a high school field. Meanwhile, linebacker Rich Milot had another suggestion.

"I think we should scrimmage each other," he said.

"In fact, let every team in the league scrimmage their replacement team," Milot said. "Uh, there might be some fights."

Another topic of discussion was the peculiar fate of the New York Giants, the defending Super Bowl champions who are 0-5. Although it might be hard to believe, Milot said he "feels sorry" for the Giants.

"I think we really do feel sorry for those guys," Milot said. "They're not a bunch of prima donnas. I feel a lot for them. They might be 0-5, but they'll come back steaming."

Of all the Redskins -- Henning said 50 of 53 players showed up for yesterday's so-called optional workout -- Milot appeared to be the most vocal, the most dismayed.

He said the workout reminded him of the offseason, since there were no coaches, no pads, no media and no pain.

He called this season a "sham."

"I think this whole year leaves a bad taste in your mouth," Milot said after practice. "It'd be like playing a racquetball match, and a friend of yours plays the first five or six points for you. Even if you win, it can't feel the same . . . Take it a step further. It's like playing a racquetball match with a guy you hate playing the first five points for you. Yucch. See what I mean?

"Actually, I think guys are losing their hatred {toward replacement players}. Someone asked me what I'd tell those guys, and I'd wish them long success in their careers. And in six years, when they can't move {through free agency}, they'll understand us."