Washington Redskins quarterback Doug Williams still is expected to undergo arthroscopic surgery next week, although the team announced yesterday no final decision has been reached.

According to trainer Bubba Tyer, team orthopedist Dr. Charles Jackson still has not held a final consultation with Dr. Robert Kerlan of Los Angeles and Dr. James Andrews of Birmingham, Ala., who also have examined Williams in recent days, and that's the reason for no formal announcement. Andrews has apparently left on a trip to the Gulf of Mexico, and Tyer couldn't locate Andrews' fishing boat yesterday.

Nevertheless, the Redskins' trainer said the arthroscopic surgery -- if done -- would be "a washing out process, at worst." Explaining, Tyer said saline solution would be streamed through the knee, cleaning away the "loose bodies."

Tyer's most serious concern is the strength around Williams' knee. He said Williams' left thigh has "atrophied," because of the injury, and the team expects Williams to return permanently to Washington around March 15 to strengthen his leg muscles at Redskin Park. Tyer said the goal is to have Williams ready for a May 9-15 minicamp.

If surgery is necessary, Tyer said it would be the fourth time Williams has had his left knee worked on. Andrews twice before performed arthroscopic surgery on the knee, and Williams also underwent major surgery on the knee while attending Grambling.