Washington Redskins cornerback Shawn Springs, who did not play against the Kansas City Chiefs and missed three quarters of the Denver game with a bruised shin, said yesterday that he anticipates being able to play Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers at FedEx Field.

"I feel a lot better than I did last week," Springs said after undergoing treatment at Redskins Park on the players' regular Tuesday day off. "Now I'm ready to go."

Defensive tackle Joe Salave'a said his sore foot (plantar fasciitis) also was coming around and that "judging from what it feels like right now, I should be ready to practice" today.

Starting safety Ryan Clark, who also missed the Chiefs game with a bruised pancreas, was scheduled to undergo more medical tests yesterday.

Bubba Tyer, the Redskins' director of sports medicine, said Clark is scheduled to see a specialist today and won't know any more about his status until the team gets the final report.

Coach Joe Gibbs had said Monday that Clark's status was likely going to be week to week, though Clark indicated he hoped to be able to play Sunday.

Tyer said running back Clinton Portis's sore left shin also was getting better, but that the team's leading rusher probably won't see much action in practice until later in the week. Defensive tackle Cedric Killings (ankle) and center Casey Rabach (ankle) also will be monitored closely but, like Portis, should be available against the 49ers.

Beathard Amused by Gibbs

Former Redskins general manager Bobby Beathard, the man who initially hired Gibbs to coach the team in 1981, said he watched his old friend's Monday news conference and had to laugh when he saw Gibbs go off on anyone who believes the Redskins will have a cakewalk Sunday against the 49ers, 1-4 after four straight losses.

"That was just vintage Joe," Beathard said. "All you have to do is say 'you've got an easy game this week' and that will always get him going."

Arrington's Radio Request

Linebacker LaVar Arrington made his weekly appearance on John Thompson's WTEM radio show but asked Thompson and show hosts Doc Walker and Al Koken not to bring up the subject of his lack of playing time.

Arrington, who told listeners last week that he was in Gibbs's doghouse, did not play on defense against the Chiefs and was on the field for two special teams plays.

"I'd rather talk about the game," Arrington said at the start of the show. "All the other stuff will work itself out. What we're learning as a team is that we can compete with anyone. There's no doubt about that. We're also starting to understand that we can win. With this bunch of guys, with the coaches giving us the game plans, we're not only put in position to win, we're believing we should win. There's no reason we shouldn't be 5-0 right now."

Extra Points

The NFL's trading deadline passed with the Redskins making no significant moves. The team did re-sign rookie linebacker Zak Keasey to the practice squad. Keasey had been on the active roster until he was waived last week. It's the second time he has been cut and re-signed this season. . . . The Kansas City Star's various accounts of the Chiefs' victory Sunday over Washington never used the word "Redskins." About 40 protesters came to Arrowhead Stadium to protest the team's nickname. In a story about the protest, the paper said, "The Star's policy is not to use Washington's team name because it is a racial slur." And what about the Chiefs? The paper wrote that, "the Chiefs were actually named for former Mayor H. Roe Bartle -- known as The Chief -- who was key in getting the team to come to Kansas City in the 1960s."