Morgan told not to speak following Sunday’s benching

LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 3:  Washington Redskins punt returner Josh Morgan (15) is stopped by San Diego Chargers tight end Ladarius Green (89) on a punt return in the third quarter at FedEx field on November 3, 2013 in Landover, MD.  (Photo by Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post)

Josh Morgan was active earlier this month in the win over San Diego. Not so much Sunday, and the wide receiver was not happy about it. (Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post)

Wide receiver Josh Morgan declined to comment on being declared inactive before Sunday’s game against the Eagles.

Morgan, signed last season to serve as Washington’s No. 2 wide receiver, had lost his starting job at the ‘Z’ receiver position to Leonard Hankerson, but had remained in the rotation.

That changed Sunday when for the first time since joining the team, he did not dress.

Asked about his demotion as he prepared to leave the locker room following the game, Morgan said, “Coach said I can’t talk. Coach said I can’t play football and I can’t talk.”

Earlier this week, when asked about his situation, Morgan had said, “I know I didn’t do anything to lose my job.” Coaches, however, said that Hankerson had played better than Morgan in practices and games, and that prompted them to make the move.

The Redskins wound up finding themselves thin at wide receiver with Morgan inactive. Hankerson suffered a knee injury and couldn’t return. The Redskins used Aldrick Robinson (usually Pierre Garcon’s backup at the ‘X’ position) and rookie Nick Williams on some plays in place of Hankerson. Other times they lined up tight ends Niles Paul or Logan Paulsen out wide.

 

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