Sunday, December 19, 2010, 7:09 p.m.
By Ryan OHalloran
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ARLINGTON, Texas Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb continued to stay silent Sunday about his recent demotion.
Escorted out of the Redskins locker room following a 33-30 loss to Dallas, McNabb declined to answer questions about coach Mike Shanahans decision, what he thought of Rex Grossmans performance and his future.
The back-up to Grossman against Dallas, McNabb will now become the Redskins No. 3 quarterback for the final two games, meaning he is unlikely to play again this year.
Teammates said McNabb is disappointed about Shanahans call but has been supportive of Grossman.
Sunday was the first time in 11 years that McNabb was healthy but did not start. He remains an offensive co-captain so he participated in the coin toss.
Hes been great, Grossman said. I like him a lot and I respect him as a quarterback. He was definitely patting me on the back the whole game.
His teammates have followed McNabbs cue in not publicly criticizing Shanahan.
I think Donovan has handled his situation great, linebacker London Fletcher said. Hes been nothing but a professional. Its a very difficult situation obviously for him and obviously hes disappointed but hes carried himself better than 90, 95 percent of the National Football League would handle themselves in that situation.
Said cornerback DeAngelo Hall: I dont think youll ever see Donovan too high or too low and thats what made him such a great quarterback.
Defense banged up
The Redskins defense allowed 400-plus yards (434) for the fifth time this season and besides missed tackles, a major reason was they kept losing players.
Already without safety LaRon Landry (injured reserve), defensive end Kedric Golston was scratched and during the game, linebacker Brian Orakpo (hamstringgroin), safety Reed Doughty (head), defensive end Phillip Daniels (abdomen) and linebacker Rocky McIntosh (undisclosed) were injured and did not return.
Orakpo sustained the rare left hamstringright groin injury when he interrupted his pass rush to go into coverage. He returned for one more play before departing.
I knew it wasnt great when I went down, he said. I hope not to miss time but well see. Its sore as hell right now.
The injuries meant the Redskins had to move Kevin Barnes from back-up corner to starting strong safety and Perry RileyH.B. Blades played more on defense.
Daniels and Anthony Bryant started their first games of the year along the defensive line. Maake Kemoeatu played as a reserve.
Tough day for Hall
Hall copped to being responsible for two Dallas touchdown passes. One was when he went for the interception on Jon Kitnas pass to Jason Witten but camp up empty. Out of position after not getting the pick, Hall watched Witten scored a 14-yard touchdown.
I had my hand on it, Hall said. But a guy like that, you have to get two hands on it. It was just a great play by him. I wish I couldve gotten there a little bit sooner. This game is about inches and he got that one inch on me.
Hall is without an interception in six consecutive games, the second longest streak of his career.
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