1. Corner Josh Wilson (concussion), receiver Pierre Garcon (foot) and safety Brandon Meriweather (knee) all were limited in practice. Wilson has been cleared to play after sitting out the final quarter in Sunday’s loss to St. Louis. Wilson said, “I’ll do what I can” when asked about playing Sunday.
2. Coach Mike Shanahan said both Rob Jackson and Chris Wilson will play outside linebacker against Cincinnati on Sunday. They’ll replace injured starter Brian Orakpo for the rest of the season. Both are considered good pass rushers, but neither is an all-around linebacker.
“That comes with repetition and experience,” Wilson said. “I’ll fine tune my techniques and get the job done. Our motto is no drop-off and we plan on living up to that.”
“I have to work on some coverage skills and passing off,” Jackson said. “As far as stopping the run and rushing the passer, I feel I have that down pat.”
3. Nose tackle Barry Cofield shook his head at the Joshua Morgan Twitter death threats. “It’s not surprising. It’s why I’m not on Twitter. Not enough positive comes from Twitter for all the negative you take. You open yourself up and people hide behind their screens.”
4. Robert Griffin III wasn’t shy about expressing his opinion about the Rams’ behavior Sunday.
“There was extracurricular stuff going on after plays,” he said. “The game was unprofessional. Who am I to talk, I’ve barely been a pro. But from what I experienced against the Saints compared to that game, it was unprofessional. It does need to be cleaned up.”
Griffin knew he was a target, as the quarterback is every week.
“Some of the shots were cheap of that nature,” he said. “But it’s nothing I can control. Teams will try to hit me because they don’t think I can take a hit. I’ve proven over my career that I can. I remember one play after the play the guy said, ‘We’re gonna hit you every play.’ I said, ‘Isn’t this football?’ It’s nothing that I’m not used to. It was extremely weird the way they went about it.”
Griffin does not feel pressure to score more now that the defense lost two starters (and is coming off a bad game).
“It would be a disservice to our defense to say that,” he said. “Our defense will be able to go out and do the things they’re able to do. But as an offense our job is to move the ball.”
5. Shanahan shrugged off the fact that Washington is leading the NFL with 23 penalties.
“We’re a very disciplined team,” Shanahan said. “There’s a number of calls that shouldn’t have been called and a number that should have been. I guarantee you at the end of the day we won’t have those penalties….[Kory] Lichtensteiger was called for two penalties and he didn’t make either penalty. I’m not saying we didn’t make penalties, but it’s not as bad as it’s made out to be.”
In other words, the replacement officials are seeing a different game than the regular officials.
6. Here’s DeAngelo Hall’s take on the penalties: “It’s almost like if you’re not cheating you’re not trying. I’m definitely out there holding a little bit. I got a penalty early in the game for holding. I try to watch some other guys doing it. They seem to get away with it so I’ll try to get away with it too.”
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