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Redskins’ Morgan tries to overlook threats

Thu., Sept. 20, 2012

Washington Redskins receiver Joshua Morgan felt the full downside of the social media age this week, receiving death threats and other venomous message on Twitter because of his fourth-quarter blunder in the loss to the St. Louis Rams.

Morgan talked Wednesday about the nastiness he’s heard from fans since his unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for throwing the ball at Cortland Finnegan. The penalty cost the Redskins valuable field position during the team’s final drive in Sunday’s 31-28 defeat.

“I heard everything, especially when they get you on Twitter and are sending you death threats and wishing you bad things and your firstborn,” Morgan said. “You see it all, you hear it all. You never let it get to you, especially with me being from D.C. They treated me kind of like they did (San Francisco 49ers return man) Kyle Williams last year when he dropped a punt against the Giants.”

Morgan said the threats are keeping him focused. He said he wasn’t tempted to discontinue his Twitter account.

“The only thing I take seriously is football and my family, and nothing really scares me,” he said.

Morgan said he’s been fined by the NFL over the 15-yard penalty but didn’t yet know the amount. He also said he wouldn’t be throwing such a tantrum again. After all, raising the ire of fans is one thing, but getting a cold stare from the coaching staff is something else.

“Especially with coach Mike Shanahan,” he said, “none of us are dumb enough to make the same mistake twice.”

The Redskins play Cincinnati on Sunday.

Around the league

The Patriots signed tight end Kellen Winslow and re-signed wide receiver Deion Branch to add depth to a pass-catching group that lost Aaron Hernandez to a right ankle injury. The announcement came three days after the tight end was hurt on the Patriots’ third offensive play of their 20-18 loss to the Cardinals on Sunday. Winslow was released by the Seahawks on Sept. 1 after spending the past three seasons with the Buccaneers following five seasons with the Browns … Falcons running back Michael Turner apologized to the team for his drunken driving arrest, saying he made “a bad decision” and was prepared to deal with the consequences. He expects to play Sunday … The Jaguars signed veteran tight end Maurice Stovall and released tight end Stephen Spach … Steelers’ running back Rashard Mendenhall practiced and is inching closer to returning from right knee surgery. A decision won’t be made until later in the week.

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