Washington Redskins quarterback Brad Johnson was told to put away his crutches after physician David Fischer determined yesterday that Johnson was recovering nicely from arthroscopic surgery on his left knee May 4.

Johnson, accompanied by Redskins trainer Kevin Bastin, flew to Minnesota yesterday for a 30-minute examination by Fischer, the surgeon who performed the procedure.

According to Bastin, Fischer said there was no need to hold Johnson back from practice or drills when training camp opens July 25, although Redskins officials may limit his work if it seems an occasional rest would help his recovery.

"Everything looked outstanding," Bastin said. "The doctor looked at him and said, `It looks like I expected it to look -- maybe better.' . . . He should be fine at the start of camp."

Johnson has been on crutches since the procedure, which team officials characterized as a precautionary measure to prevent swelling in the joint. In Johnson's place, backups Rodney Peete and Casey Weldon shared quarterback duties during minicamps this spring.

Redskins officials insist Johnson will be fully recovered for the Sept. 12 season opener. The primary task during training camp, then, will be to get Johnson and the Redskins' receivers accustomed to one another.

Johnson was acquired in a February trade with the Minnesota Vikings and last played in a regular season game Dec. 20.

"As long as there are no setbacks between now and camp during the rehabilitation process, he should be set to go," Bastin said. "The knee will tell us during camp how we should work him. If it does start to get a little bit sore through the two-a-day sessions, there's a chance we may limit him during that period. We'll sort of let the knee tell us how to work him."