Washington Redskins Coach Norv Turner met with retired linebacker Ken Harvey yesterday at Redskin Park to discuss the possibility of Harvey, 34, returning to play for the Redskins this season.

The Redskins don't plan to make an immediate roster move to create a spot for Harvey. But their linebackers--including Harvey's replacement, Greg Jones--have struggled this season, and it appears increasingly likely that the Redskins will find a role for Harvey in the coming weeks.

"It was good," Turner said of yesterday's meeting. "There's part of him that's thinking he wants to play. He's feeling better with his leg. I think we're both going to keep an open mind if that becomes a possibility."

Harvey said on Friday that he has contemplated a comeback and would be willing to play this season if club officials think he can help the team as a role player. The four-time Pro Bowler retired during training camp.

Receiving Machinations The Redskins are making contingency plans in case tight end Stephen Alexander is unable to play a full game Sunday night against Arizona. Alexander hasn't practiced since badly bruising his lower back during the victory over Carolina 10 days ago.

Redskins officials seem convinced that Alexander will start, but they're concerned about how long he'll be able to last. Mike Sellers could get extensive playing time if Alexander is unable to play effectively. Turner said earlier this week that the club is readying its three-wide-receiver packages that add Irving Fryar to the corps.