PHILADELPHIA, JAN. 4 -- The Redskins today released tight end Ken Whisenhunt and activated offensive tackle Ray Brown from injured reserve. Brown will make his season debut as a backup to Jim Lachey and Joe Jacoby against the Eagles Saturday afternoon.

Whisenhunt was cut at the end of training camp, then re-signed Dec. 18 when Ron Middleton and Jimmie Johnson were suffering from sore shoulders. Both are well now, and with Lachey's right shoulder sore, the Redskins preferred an extra offensive lineman instead of an extra tight end.

The Word on the Birds

Redskins defensive tackle Tim Johnson says of the Eagles' taunting eight weeks ago: "That's not even an issue. The issue is how we play. How they play is how they're going to play. We can't change that and we can't coach them. We have to remain disciplined and aggressive and focused. We can't worry about what they're going to do. Our edge is the guys who've been around, the guys that people were saying at midseason were too old to play. Those are the guys that step up and carry the younger guys with the right attitude and mentality going into a game like this. You see their motivation and attitude picks everyone else up." . . .

Eagles Coach Buddy Ryan says of the taunting: "If that's what they did, that's what they did. I think somebody just wrote that. I haven't found out for sure." . . .

Seventeen Redskins remain from their last trip to the playoffs. Twenty-two will be in the playoffs for the first time, and eight players were in playoff games for other teams. . . . The Redskins are 7-0 this season in games that started at 1 p.m. But they've lost seven in a row on ABC. . . . Coach Joe Gibbs's 11-3 record in the playoffs is the best (by percentage) among active NFL coaches. He's also 7-3 against Ryan. . . . The Redskins have won four of their last six games, and eight of their last 11 against the Eagles. But six of the last seven have been decided by seven points or fewer. . . . The Redskins had 327 first downs -- most in the NFC, two more than the Eagles. . . . In Mark Rypien's last 15 starts, the Redskins are 12-3.