The Washington Redskins threw a farewell party for their replacement team last night, and 17 of them received a memorable door prize.

They're coming back.

The Redskins announced that receiver Anthony Allen, defensive tackle Dan Benish, guard Darrick Brilz, tight end/nose tackle Joe Caravello, tackle Mark Carlson, center Eric Coyle, safety Steve Gage, running back Tim Jessie, tight end Craig McEwen, wide receiver/punt returner Derrick Shepard, running back Lionel Vital, wide receiver/punt returner Ted Wilson and defensive back Dennis Woodberry have been promoted to the regular active roster.

In addition, defensive tackle Kit Lathrop (knee), quarterback Ed Rubbert (shoulder), defensive tackle Henry Waechter (shoulder) and running back Wayne Wilson (knee surgery) have been placed on the regular injured reserve list.

Coach Joe Gibbs made the announcement after he, General Manager Bobby Beathard and Executive Vice President John Kent Cooke spent nearly an hour speaking to the replacement team as a group.

Each replacement player was given six party favors: a Redskins gym bag, a Redskins game jersey, a Redskins baseball cap, a videotape of Monday night's victory in Dallas, a game ball from the St. Louis victory and a game ball from the Dallas game.

Gibbs said: "We tried to say thanks in a number of ways."

The best way was telling the 17 players to stay. Gibbs said it's possible some might even be put on the 45-player active roster for Sunday's game against the New York Jets at RFK Stadium, but the decision won't come until later in the week.

Gibbs also said quarterback Jay Schroeder's bruised throwing shoulder will be tested in practice and Schroeder will start ahead of Doug Williams if he is fully recovered.

Earlier yesterday, the coaching staff scanned the Dallas game films to make final judgment on the replacement players. According to Beathard, the one player who won his way onto the roster Monday night was Brilz, who manhandled Cowboys veteran Randy White most of the night.

According to newly mandated league rules, the Redskins will be allowed to keep only 10 active replacement players by next Tuesday (that's 55 players overall). So several will have to be cut early next week. Beathard said a league meeting is planned next week to determine roster size for the subsequent weeks.

For those cut yesterday, the Redskins front office said it would do all it could to get them jobs. Gibbs indicated many may be invited to training camp in July. Quarterback Tony Robinson, who replaced the injured Rubbert and led the Redskins over Dallas, was one of the players to be let go, but said he heard that Denver is interested.

"Yeah, Coach Gibbs said the Broncos were asking about me," Robinson said. ". . . I didn't want to get my hopes up too high {about staying with the Redskins}. I knew they would have a hard time keeping me with four other quarterbacks {Schroeder, Williams, Mark Rypien and Babe Laufenberg}."

As long as Robinson had remained on the roster, he wouldn't have had to return to a Tennessee jail, where he has served time for attempting to deliver cocaine. For the time being, he says he will return to the semipro Richmond Ravens, who he says have a few games left. After that, unless he is picked up by another NFL team, he must return to confinement.

Gibbs said of Robinson: "Because of our quarterback situation . . . I told him I didn't think the Redskins was the spot {for him}. I thought it'd be a wasted effort here."

Of Rubbert's status, Gibbs said: "That'll be something we'll talk about. He's really helped himself. But I've got to talk about that when he gets healthy."

Obviously, there could be some confrontations when -- for the first time -- replacement players see regular players up close and personal at practice today.

It's doubtful the Redskins will ask regular players to share lockers with replacements. The locker room looked back to normal yesterday, as equipment men posted Schroeder's name over his locker, Art Monk's name over his locker and so on.

As for the newly activated replacement players, they say they'll duck in and duck out and speak only when spoken to.

Receiver Wilson said: "It feels great {to stay around}. I'll be living at a hotel this week and then start looking for a place next week."

Benish said: "I'm excited about it. I think I can help them out."

Caravello, listed as a tight end and defensive tackle, might not know which meetings to attend. "Coaches on both sides of the ball want him," Beathard said.

The others who weren't so fortunate were at least invited to a champagne dinner last night.

Running back Walter Holman says he will return to his job as a security guard in Pittsburgh and try to latch on again with the Washington Commandos of Arena Football. Defensive tackle Ted Karras had been working as a stockbroker in Chicago, but said: "After yesterday {the market crash}, I might reconsider. Maybe I'll be a banker."

And then there's free safety Skip Lane, who says he makes $175,000 a year in commercial real estate.

"I have a nice life to go back to," he said. "I've almost gotten to the point where I like it more than football. I love to play, but a month from now . . . I'll look out there and be glad I'm not running around with my hood up and my gloves on."