Donovan McNabb says it's "hilarious" to think that he doesn't know the Washington Redskins' offensive playbook. Or that he has trouble calling plays in the huddle.
“That is hilarious to me. That is really funny to me,” McNabb said Tuesday during his weekly appearance on ESPN980 radio. “For everyone who may not have heard any of this, it’s probably a shock to them.”
Those words aside, the six-time Pro Bowl quarterback spent most of his radio time trying to downplay the fallout from his benching in the final minutes of a loss to the Detroit Lions. Not surprisingly, McNabb said he was tired of the whole thing.
“It’s over to me, and I just look to move on,” he said.
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Coach Mike Shanahan has offered varying explanations of the decision to bench McNabb, initially saying that backup Rex Grossman had a better grasp of the team’s 2-minute offense. Shanahan later said McNabb’s sore hamstrings had kept the team from practicing the hurry-up attack and that he was concerned McNabb didn’t have the “cardiovascular endurance” to run it as effectively as Grossman.
NO BRIBE, SAYS RICE
Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice received a warning for the tinting on his windows and signed an autograph for a police officer.
He insists that’s the order in which those events occurred Monday night, contrary to a misleading post he put on his Twitter account.
Rice insisted Tuesday that he only offered the officer an autograph after being issued a warning.
Rice deleted the post on his Twitter account that made it sound as if he got out of the ticket because of the autograph. He later said he wasn’t granted special treatment because of his status as an NFL player.
Steelers safety Will Allen and running backs Mewelde Moore and Isaac Redman sustained concussions during Monday night’s game in Cincinnati and must pass post-concussion tests before being cleared to play.
The tests measure a player’s cognitive skills before and after a concussion. A player is allowed to return only after his tests return to normal and he shows no signs of having had a concussion.
If either Moore or Redman can’t play, rookie Jonathan Dwyer might be needed Sunday night against New England (6-2), which won the last two times it played in Pittsburgh.
The Steelers (6-2) suffered numerous injuries during their 27-21 victory in Cincinnati, with left guard Chris Kemoeatu’s sprained right knee apparently the most serious.
Tennessee Titans players have voted unanimously to give the NFL Players Association the option of decertifying in the event of a lockout next year. More than half the teams in the NFL have approved the course of action for the union. Decertification would give the union a chance to sue under antitrust laws if there is a lockout. Without decertification, the union would have to wait six months to file a suit after the collective bargaining agreement expired. Prosecutors say they are discussing the possibility of a plea deal in New York Jets wide receiver Braylon Edwards’ drunken-driving case, but it’s not yet clear whether anything will result. Edwards said nothing during a brief appearance Tuesday in a Manhattan court. Kicker Dave Rayner is joining the Detroit Lions following Jason Hanson’s injury. Rayner signed with the Lions two days after Hanson hurt his right knee in a 23-20 overtime loss to the New York Jets. Also, the Lions released cornerback Jonathan Wade and center Cody Wallace. The New York Giants placed center Adam Koets on injured reserve and activated offensive lineman Kevin Boothe off the physically unable to perform list. The Giants also announced that Koets and long snapper Zak DeOssie signed two-year contract extensions. Koets, who started three games this season, tore an anterior cruciate ligament in Sunday’s 41-7 win over Seattle.