Lowly Redskins ‘playing for their jobs’
Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan says “everybody is playing for their jobs” on his 3-8 team, including players and coaches.
The Redskins sit in last place in the NFC East following a 27-6 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, Washington’s fourth double-digit defeat this season.
The focus now shifts to 2014, when Shanahan hopes to have an entire offseason to develop Robert Griffin III’s passing skills. Griffin missed the offseason work this year because he was recovering from major knee surgery.
Shanahan also wants to improve the team’s depth. The Redskins have been hindered in free agency the last two years because of a salary cap penalty.
There’s also no guarantee that Shanahan will return for the final year of his five-year contract.
Washington hosts the New York Giants on Sunday night.
Shanahan dismissed the idea of giving backup Kirk Cousins a start during the final weeks of the season, saying that Griffin needs as much game experience as possible.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has returned to practice on a limited basis but appears highly unlikely to play against the Detroit Lions on Thursday.
Rodgers has been out since Nov. 4, when he broke his left collarbone in the first series of a 27-20 loss to Chicago. The Packers, 5-2 at the time, have been winless since then.
McCarthy said Monday that the chances of Rodgers playing were “slim to none.” On Tuesday, he said it was “closer to none.”
Matt Flynn took the starter reps on Tuesday and Scott Tolzien was the backup.
Around the league
49ers WR Michael Crabtree has been activated from the 49ers’ physically-unable-to- perform list. The hope is that Crabtree will make his season debut for San Francisco in Sunday’s home game against St. Louis. … Eagles QB Nick Foles has been named Philadelphia’s starter for the rest of the season. … The Titans have agreed to terms with return specialist Leon Washington. … Giants starting C Jim Cordle’s season is done after a patella tendon injury that he sustained Sunday in a loss to the Dallas Cowboys. … Redskins DE Stephen Bowen is out for the season with a left knee injury. … The Browns have agreed to contract terms with QB Alex Tanney, who has spent the season on Dallas’ practice squad. With starter Jason Campbell recovering from a concussion, the Browns didn’t have a backup for Brandon Weeden.