Bruce Allen defends Redskins’ nickname; team not considering change

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The NFL penalized the Redskins $36 million in salary cap space March 12, the day before the 2012 league year began. Half of the penalty applied to Washington’s 2012 salary cap, and the other half applies to 2013.

The Redskins in May lost in arbitration a grievance disputing the penalty. The NFL Players Association filed a collusion lawsuit against the NFL the following day, but that was dismissed by a federal judge in December.

As it stands, the Redskins are believed to be about $4 million over their estimated penalty-reduced 2013 salary cap. They have until March 12 to get under the cap.

“I think the penalty was wrong, and it was unfair,” Allen said. “We will deal with that.”

• Allen said quarterback Robert Griffin III continues to progress in his recovery from right knee surgery.

• Linebacker London Fletcher, 37, has not informed the team whether he plans to continue his career, but Allen said he believes the four-time Pro Bowler has three or four good years left.

• The team can’t fully gauge tight end Fred Davis’ recovery from left Achilles’ tendon surgery until later this spring, Allen said. Davis is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent March 12.

• The team’s wide receivers coaching position remains unfilled, Allen said.

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