NFL notebook: Redskins players suppport Shanahan

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan reacts during a game against the Panthers at FedEx Field on Nov. 4, 2012, in Landover, Md.   Patrick McDermott/Getty Images
Redskins coach Mike Shanahan reacts during a game against the Panthers at FedEx Field on Nov. 4, 2012, in Landover, Md. Patrick McDermott/Getty Images
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| Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, 8:26 p.m.

Mike Shanahan's players are supporting their coach after he seemingly wrote off the Washington Redskins' season and then said his comments had been misinterpreted.

“I thought he clarified exactly what he meant, how it wasn't portrayed the way it needed to be,” said co-captain London Fletcher, a 15-year veteran.

“He let us know exactly how he feels about this season, how he feels about the guys in this locker room. Coach Shanahan's a proven winner, a two-time Super Bowl-winning head coach. He's not a person who gives up on a season.”

Fletcher doesn't agree with criticism of Shanahan for his comments.

“To portray him in that light is not fair to him, not fair to this football team. You get a couple of games to go your way, especially in November, you're right in the thick of things.”

After three straight defeats, the Redskins are 3-6 and back in last place in the NFC East for a fifth straight season heading into a five-day break during their bye week.

Saints GM back at work

Having served his eight-game suspension in connection with the NFL's bounty probe of the Saints, general manager Mickey Loomis has returned to work at team headquarters in time to deal with a variety of unsettled personnel issues and off-the-field distractions.

His immediate tasks include clearing up the status of coach Sean Payton's five-year contract extension, which NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has so far refused to approve because the coach signed it in 2011.

Loomis also will have to oversee contingency plans in the event defensive end Will Smith and linebacker Jonathan Vilma have to serve their own bounty suspensions, which so far have been delayed.

Cardinals LB out for season

The Cardinals lost starting outside linebacker O'Brien Schofield for the season with an injured left ankle.

Schofield was injured in Sunday's 31-17 loss at Green Bay.

Initially, it was thought it probably was only a sprain but further examination uncovered ligament damage that requires surgery.

Buccaneers shuffle QBs

The Buccaneers promoted cornerback LaQuan Lewis from the practice squad to the 53-man roster and released cornerback Brandon McDonald.

Bills make roster moves

Veteran cornerback Terrence McGee was placed on season-ending injured reserve, and receiver Marcus Easley was promoted off the practice squad after the Bills made a series of moves to address their banged-up roster.

The Bills also placed starting right tackle Erik Pears (hip/groin) on injured reserve and released rookie kicker John Potter.

Titans decide on 2

The Titans decided to keep safety Markelle Martin on the physically-unable-to-perform list for the rest of the season after the rookie practiced with the team the past three weeks.

The Titans also waived defensive end Pannel Egboh.

Falcons swap guards

The Falcons placed offensive guard Garrett Reynolds on injured reserve with a lower back injury. The team signed guard PhillipKeith Manley to the active roster.

Raiders activate LB Curry

The Raiders added linebacker Aaron Curry to the team's active roster. Curry was taken off the physically unable to perform list Tuesday. Linebacker Vic So'oto was waived to make room on the 53-man roster.

Panthers make moves

Panthers interim general manager Brandon Beane said the team has placed receiver/returner Kealoha Pilares on injured reserve and activated receiver David Gettis from the physically unable to perform list to take his place.

Ex-receiver faces jail time

Former NFL wide receiver David Boston could face nearly three years in prison for punching a woman in a Florida bar last year.

Palm Beach County prosecutors said the 34-year-old Boston pleaded guilty Monday to aggravated battery. He faces up to 35 months in prison at a Dec. 7 hearing.

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