Running back Earnest Byner, who has a sore hip, and linebacker Ravin Caldwell, who has a sore knee, were held out of last night's game.

Caldwell didn't play because his left knee became sore and inflamed. The Redskins say there's no serious problem with the knee, and that if this had been a regular season game Caldwell would have played.

He underwent arthroscopic surgery on the knee last winter after it bothered him during the final four games of 1989. Caldwell might be experiencing the normal aches and pains of early two-a-days since he ended his holdout and began practice Monday.

Byner suffered a hip flexor on Wednesday and said the area was still sore last night. He'll probably be back at practice Monday. . . .

Caldwell's absence gave coaches a chance to start top draft choice Andre Collins at outside linebacker -- an indication of how happy the Redskins are with Collins, who probably will play in nickle situations this season. He was the 46th pick of last spring's draft, and the Redskins' only concerns were his size (6 feet 1, 218 pounds) and whether he'd be able to take on blockers at the line of scrimmage.

Since the draft, he has added about 18 pounds.

Bonner, Manusky Hobbled

The Redskins got out of last night's game with no serious injuries. The most serious was a sprained left knee by linebacker Brian Bonner, but it was not believed to be serious. H-back Jimmie Johnson had a stinger in his left shoulder and linebacker Greg Manusky bruised his left hand. . . .

Running back Tom Brown, a Plan B signee, had surgery on his left knee at Arlington Hospital yesterday. He's out for the season.