ASHBURN, Va. -- After Sunday's game, Washington Redskins receiver Josh Morgan had little to discuss, saying he was told he couldn't talk. And, he told the Washington Post, that "Coach said I can't talk. Coach said I can't play football and I can't talk."
"Yeah it was unusual to hear that," Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said.
But he would not say whether or not he told Morgan he wouldn't talk. However, Shanahan did say Morgan was inactive because of production and nothing more. They wanted to try undrafted free agent Nick Williams at punt returner instead of Morgan. And Morgan had lost the starting Z receiver position to Leonard Hankerson.
With Hankerson potentially needing surgery to repair a torn lateral collateral ligament, Morgan could be active again for Monday's game against San Francisco.
"I've got a lot of belief in Josh Morgan," Shanahan said. "I have a lot of confidence in Josh that he'll come back strong and help us this week as a receiver. But I explained to him what he needs to do in both special teams and wide receiver to get to a level that I think he can get to. I think he has the ability to be a Pro Bowl player and I want to get that out of him."
As for Williams, it was a rough NFL debut at punt returner. He muffed one punt and failed to field another that rolled an additional 15 yards to the Redskins' 4-yard line.
"It looked like he played in his first game," Shanahan said. "It's always tough that first game of the season. … I'd rather have a guy err on a side of not going after the ball or going after it and turning it over… We'll see how he does in practice and then make a decision."