In another place and time, the lights, cameras and action would be surrounding Jay Schroeder and Russ Grimm. But not this week, when the best you can say about Schroeder, for instance, is that he does a pretty good John Elway.

Yesterday, the Washington Redskins spent 2 1/2 hours preparing for the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXII, but Schroeder and Grimm -- both of whom made the Pro Bowl last season -- began with hands on hips.

However, by the end of practice, Grimm had replaced tackle Joe Jacoby, who suffered a minor shoulder bruise during a blocking drill. And quarterback Schroeder took some extra work with the first unit, just to stay sharp in case starter Doug Williams ever gets hurt.

Jacoby said his injury was nothing serious, and he sat out the last portion of practice merely as a precaution. The same could be said for running back George Rogers, who also sat out a portion of practice with what trainer Bubba Tyer called "a nicked ankle." Tyer said both likely will be ready for the next practice, but the point here is that the Redskins are very comfortable with their depth.

Schroeder, who threw 541 passes in the 1986 season compared to Williams' one, is doing his best to handle what could be an unsettling situation. He naturally thinks he can do just as good a job as Williams, yet he must stay quiet for the good of the team.

Benched in the final regular season game against Minnesota, Schroeder said yesterday that he's realized: "Any player at any position at any time is one play away from playing. Nobody is guaranteed anything. It's something everybody has to deal with. There's nothing guaranteed in this profession."

Actually, Schroeder wasn't sure how many plays away he was from getting into last Sunday's NFC championship game against the Minnesota Vikings, a game in which Williams was below average (nine of 26 for 119 yards and two touchdowns).

At one point Sunday, Schroeder turned to someone in the stands and raised his palms skyward. And yesterday he admitted, "You always sit there and wonder on the sidelines, 'Well, is {Coach Joe Gibbs} going to call me now or not?' That was the way I was thinking, but {Gibbs} was thinking different, and that was the bottom line."

What Schroeder was trying to say is that he'd been pulled when he'd played poorly, and he was "wondering" if Williams would be pulled, too.

"When the situation's reversed like that, sure, you think you've got a chance of going in," Schroeder said yesterday. "There's that possibility all the time, but you've just got to wait for {Gibbs} to say so."

Williams said yesterday that he never thought he'd get pulled last Sunday.

"See, because I wasn't throwing into coverage or getting intercepted," Williams said. "I was throwing balls away. I wasn't doing things to get the team beat."

Naturally, during Super Bowl week, Schroeder will be asked time and time again whether he still feels a part of the Redskins team. "Yeah," he said when asked that yesterday, "because I've played a lot of football for this team this year. Whether I play or not {in the Super Bowl}, that's yet to be determined. But I'll enjoy it and have a good time, because I don't know if I'll get to another."

Schroeder still serves a purpose this week and next. It is Schroeder's job to give the Redskins' defense a true indication of how mobile Elway is, and Schroeder should know since he's played against Elway as far back as high school.

"It'll be fun," Schroeder said of this assignment. "I'll get a chance to get back there in the shotgun and run around and try to find someone downfield. It's a chance to freelance, and {Elway} probably does it better than anyone else in the game."

Most linemen like to emulate Grimm, considering offensive line coach Joe Bugel says he's one of the league's premier linemen. Grimm isn't starting because of a different set of circumstances. The current group of tackles Mark May and Jacoby, guards Raleigh McKenzie and R.C. Thielemann and center Jeff Bostic has been working well together ever since the Nov. 29 game against the New York Giants, and Bugel said yesterday: "We just don't want to make a switch right now because everything's going so smoothly."

On the other hand, Bugel said Grimm -- a four-time Pro Bowler -- will fill in against the Broncos in a pinch -- if needed -- just as he did in practice yesterday. And Bugel said Grimm is 100 percent healed from a knee injury suffered Nov. 8 at Philadelphia.

Again, like Schroeder, Grimm refuses to rock the Redskins boat.

"I look at it like I'm on the bench because things are going well without me in there," Grimm said. "It has nothing to with my ability. They're looking at it like, 'He hasn't played in seven, eight weeks and why change things now?' I'm happy with it. I've played in two Super Bowls, and I'll play some in this one. The bottom line is let's just win."

Grimm quickly praises Jacoby, Bostic and May. He says Jacoby, his good friend, is "probably the best tackle in the league, though I know I'm biased." He said Bostic has played solidly, and he said May is definitely a Pro Bowl player, even though he has never been named to the team.

"Mark just doesn't have a lot of friends throughout the league, and they don't vote for him," said Grimm, who was May's collegiate teammate at Pittsburgh. "Why? Well, he talks a little and gets in a few arguments on the field. Mark, he's what you call a moody person. One day, it's 'Good morning, how you doing?' And the next day, it's 'Hey, get out of the road.' I've known him 11 years, and he plays with that type of attitude."

Gibbs said he appreciates the attitudes of a Grimm or a Schroeder or a Rich Milot, who hasn't played much at linebacker recently. Of Schroeder, Gibbs said: "Do I see disappointment in him? Sure, I do. You bet. I mean, the guy wants to be playing. He's a real competitive guy. But he's meant a lot to our football team, and he's very instrumental in us being where we are."

Redskins Notes:

Ali Haji-Sheikh and Jess Atkinson again kicked field goals during practice, and Gibbs reiterated: "If there's a change {from Haji-Sheikh}, I'll announce it. But right now, that's set." Haji-Sheikh appeared confident after the kicking portion of practice, saying: "I think I can hold my own pretty much against anybody. And as for the competition, I really don't know if there is one going on or not. I'm just going to prepare to kick and get myself ready for the game." . . . Defensive tackles Darryl Grant (injured ankle) and Steve Hamilton (groin) both sat out most of yesterday's practice, but both ran relatively well. Trainer Bubba Tyer said both will play in the Super Bowl.