From Comcast SportsNetASHBURN, Va. (AP) -- Washington Redskins receiver Joshua Morgan felt the full downside of the social media age this week, receiving death threats and other venomous message on Twitter because of his fourth-quarter blunder in the loss to the St. Louis Rams.Morgan talked Wednesday about the nastiness he's heard from fans since his unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for throwing the ball at Cortland Finnegan. The penalty cost the Redskins valuable field position during the team's final drive in Sunday's 31-28 defeat."I heard everything, especially when they get you on Twitter and are sending you death threats and wishing you bad things and your firstborn," Morgan said. "You see it all, you hear it all. You never let it get to you, especially with me being from D.C. They treated me kind of like they did (San Francisco 49ers return man) Kyle Williams last year when he dropped a punt against the Giants."Morgan said the threats are keeping him focused. He said he wasn't tempted to discontinue his Twitter account."The only thing I take seriously is football and my family, and nothing really scares me," he said.Nevertheless, coach Mike Shanahan said the team is looking into the matter."We have security that takes care of those issues," the coach said. "We'll look at it and see if it's serious or not."Morgan said he's been fined by the NFL over the 15-yard penalty but didn't yet know the amount. He also said he wouldn't be throwing such a tantrum again. After all, raising the ire of fans is one thing, but getting a cold stare from the coaching staff is something else."Especially with coach Mike Shanahan," he said, "none of us are dumb enough to make the same mistake twice."The Redskins play Cincinnati on Sunday.
BOSTON – Just as Markieff Morris appeared to right himself after a bad stretch of basketball because of foul trouble in the first round, his availability for Game 2 vs. the Boston Celtics is in question after he came down on Al Horford’s foot and injured his troublesome left foot Sunday.
Morris, who first injured the foot and ankle in a game Nov. 19, has had problems with it on and off this season.
“I honestly thought it was broke,” he said after playing just 11 minutes in a 123-11l loss. “They got the swelling to go down a whole lot. It almost was the size of a softball.”
Morris didn’t return after halftime. He was held out a couple of games by the medical staff to help him recover in season.
“That’s my injury,” he said. “This was by far the worst one.”
Morris only shot 2-for-7 from the field and had five points, but like the first-round series with the Atlanta Hawks no matter what his numbers show the Wizards are a better team with him on the floor.
Because Boston plays small a lot and Horford is an undersized center, Morris can match him away from the rim or under it. He called for the ball and cleared out so he could go vs. Horford and drained the jumper.
When Morris came down, however, he crashed hard. He remained sprawled across the floor for several minutes before walking it off and taking and making the foul shot for 45-42 lead.
The Wizards got out to a 16-0 start and could’ve had an easy victory to steal home-court advantage but now they’re faced with possibly trying to get the split with Morris not at full-speed.
“It was definitely tough especially when I felt like I could’ve been out there,” Morris said of watching the rest of the game from the locker room during treatment. “We live to fight another day. … It was only one game. We plan on it going seven.”
Karl Alzner has been out of the lineup since Game 2 of the Capitals’ first-round series with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Just who he will replace in the lineup when he is ready to return, however, has become a topic of debate as Nate Schmidt has played well in his place and the Caps need his speed against a quick Pittsburgh Penguins team.
It has been speculated recently that perhaps head coach Barry Trotz could elect to dress seven defensemen. That sounds like a drastic option, but it is one Trotz has experience with having utilized it at times as head coach of the Nashville Predators.
“I've done it before and done it very successfully,” Trotz said on Friday. “... I found in my previous life that I didn't have as many offensive weapons that gave me an opportunity to put an offensive weapon in there a little bit more often in a regular rotation.”
Dressing seven defensemen would mean only 11 forwards, but Trotz seems to only be utilizing that many anyway. Paul Carey skated only 5:40 in Game 2. He was playing in place of Brett Connolly who played 6:07, 5:34, 6:12 and 4:26 in his last four games.
Alzner is considered day-to-day and there’s no timetable for when he may be able to return. If he were able to play in Game 3 or 4, however, given that the Caps are facing a series deficit and seem to be in need of some sort of spark, perhaps shifting the lineup to seven defensemen could be just what the doctor ordered.
“I'm fine with the seven D,” Trotz said. “If we have to go there, we'll go there. As a coach, you have to mix and match a little bit. I don't have any problem with that.”
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