- The Washington Times - Monday, December 4, 2006

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs met with receiver Brandon Lloyd yesterday and has planned a follow-up meeting for today to discuss “a number of things,” including Lloyd’s 15-yard penalty late in Sunday’s loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

“I think there are some issues we need to get straightened out,” Gibbs said.

Lloyd was penalized for throwing his helmet with 2:40 remaining, but it is clear there are other issues revolving around Gibbs’ need to meet with Lloyd.

Gibbs didn’t rule out the possibility Lloyd could be kept from playing Sunday against Philadelphia.

“That’s something we’ll go through and decide what all is going to happen,” Gibbs said. “What we’re talking about with Brandon is the helmet issue and how that hurts the team, and we had a good talk. … He’s a bright, young guy and has a future here. I just want to make sure we’re on the same page going forward.

Lloyd had left Redskin Park by the time Gibbs spoke to reporters. During an appearance on the “Monday Night Replay” show on the Redskins’ flagship radio station, Lloyd expressed surprise he might not play against the Eagles.

“I’ve never heard of a player getting suspended for throwing their helmet,” Lloyd said. “The only reason it’s a big deal is that we’re losing. … Coach Gibbs isn’t going to talk about [the meeting]. I’m definitely not going to talk about it.”

Lloyd was acquired from San Francisco in March for two draft picks after the 49ers deemed him expendable when he clashed with coach Mike Nolan early last season. He signed a $25 million contract extension but has been one of the league’s least productive starting receivers with 20 catches for 295 yards and no touchdowns.

Ryan O’Halloran

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