Morgan lost his job as the starting wide receiver opposite Pierre Garcon to Leonard Hankerson and had seen his role reduced primarily to special teams. But this past Sunday, Morgan was inactive for the first time since he signed with his hometown team in the spring of 2012.
The Redskins instead used rookie Nick Williams as the punt returner, and Hankerson again started at the ‘Z’ receiver spot. But since Hankerson has an injury of the lateral collateral ligament in his left knee and will need surgery, Mike Shanahan said Washington will turn back to Morgan.
Morgan has maintained that he didn’t do anything to lose his job, but on Sunday, as he left the locker room, he declined an interview request saying, “Coach said I can’t play football and I can’t talk.”
Coach Mike Shanahan said on Monday that he had spoken with Morgan about the reason for his demotion.
Morgan on Wednesday said that he didn’t see the prospects of playing on Sunday as a chance to redeem himself.
“I don’t really need a second chance at redemption, because I didn’t really fall from redemption,” he said before later adding: “My job is to go out there and play football if that opportunity has been given, and we’re just focused on beating San Francisco this Monday night.”
Rookie tight end Jordan Reed took Davis’s spot as the primary receiving tight end, and Davis has been inactive for six games (one because of injury). Coaches said that Reed gave the team the best chance to win. But with Reed now nursing a concussion, and with his status for Monday night undetermined, Davis could dress for the first time since Week 6.
Davis said he didn’t know what his role would be, however.
“All I know is I’ll probably be active, but other than that, I don’t know. I don’t know if I’ll be in the game plan or anything,” Davis said. “All I need is a little bit of opportunity. A little bit, and I’ll play real good in whatever time it is. Whatever I do in practice will probably carry over into that.”
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