Coordinator dives into McNabb fray

Washington's Kyle Shanahan took his turn at the microphone Friday, challenging comments made by Donovan McNabb's agent.

The Redskins offensive coordinator said Fletcher Smith’s comments were “disturbing,” so he spoke “face-to-face, man-to-man” with McNabb on Thursday night at Redskins Park. He said the 12-year veteran told him that the claims made by his agent were untrue.

Smith said in a statement Thursday that the “tension” between the quarterback and the Washington coaches is due to McNabb’s suggestions for improving the Redskins’ offense.

“When I talked to Donovan, he said he didn’t say any of that,” Shanahan said. “I’m like, ‘Well, your agent did, which to me is you.’ He said he didn’t agree with any of that, that those words didn’t come out of his mouth and that he didn’t tell his agent that stuff. So all I can go off of is what Donovan tells me.

“We’ve never had a confrontation all year. We’ve never had an argument. Everything’s been good, so it is really a different situation to hear that stuff, but when I cleared it up with him, I’ve got to go with the reality of what two guys between us talk about.”

Smith said Thursday that Shanahan, and his father, coach Mike Shanahan, have made comments that go beyond disrespectful and that were “unprecedented for a six-time Pro Bowl quarterback such as Donovan.”


 • Jacksonville running back Maurice Jones-Drew missed a third consecutive day of practice, casting doubt about his availability against Washington.

Jones-Drew was listed aS doubtful on Friday’s injury report, but coach Jack Del Rio said the Jaguars are “going to monitor his condition throughout the weekend.”

 • Jets second-year quarterback Mark Sanchez was listed as probable on New York’s injury report and coach Rex Ryan said he expects Sanchez to start at Chicago after being limited by a sore right shoulder.

 • The Vikings listed quarterback Brett Favre as doubtful with a concussion.


Sixteen players, eight in each conference, were fined by the NFL for illegal hits, including Atlanta defensive end Kroy Biermann and Cincinnati linebacker Dhani Jones, each docked $15,000.

Biermann got the biggest fine for helmet-to-helmet contact on Seattle quarterback Charlie Whitehurst. Jones was fined for the same infraction against Browns quarterback Colt McCoy.

Overall, seven players were fined for roughing the passer and three for flagrant fouls on defenseless receivers, two points of emphasis by the league this year.


Asked after practice who he would select if he had a vote for NFL MVP, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick said, “You put me on the spot.” Then he added with a smile: “I would take ... myself.” ... The Detroit Lions placed quarterback Matthew Stafford on injured reserve with a separated right shoulder. The No. 1 overall pick in 2009 played in three games this season and 10 last year because of injuries. ... After being knocked out with the flu on Wednesday, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said Friday that he feels better and is “ready for Santa Claus and then ready to play some football.”