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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - Joshua Morgan
The Chicago Bears announced Monday afternoon they have signed Joshua Morgan, a Washington native who played the last two seasons for the Redskins.
The Washington Redskins were only whistled for four penalties in Sunday's crippling 24-16 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. But offensive lineman Trent Williams accused umpire Roy Ellison of cursing him late in the first half.
There is little Robert Griffin III hasn't done in his first two months in the NFL, from compiling the league's top completion percentage to leading quarterbacks in rushing. The rookie spawned a new meme, Griffining, and returned from a concussion to deliver the longest run by a quarterback in 16 years.
The Washington Redskins led the Minnesota Vikings 31-26 with 2:56 to play in the fourth quarter Sunday at FedEx Field. Facing third and 6 from the Washington 24, Robert Griffin III awaited the shotgun snap from center Will Montgomery. What followed would become the signature play in the quarterback's rookie season, and is presented here in an oral history:
Alfred Morris raced across the goal line Sunday and celebrated his touchdown in a way familiar to anyone who has followed the Washington Redskins' first four games. He pantomimed tossing a baseball into the air and swinging a bat. Then he held his hand above his eyes, as if to shield the sun from his vision as he watched the home run sail into the distance.
Mike Shanahan's face turned that special shade of red when Washington Redskins receiver Joshua Morgan threw the football at an opponent in the closing moments of last Sunday's loss to St. Louis. The outburst pushed the Redskins out of field goal range and extinguished any hope of sending that three-point defeat to overtime.
Scroll through Joshua Morgan's Twitter mentions from the past three days and a sick feeling takes hold of your stomach.
In the seconds after Joshua Morgan's unsportsmanlike conduct penalty Sunday that wound up contributing to the Washington Redskins' loss to the St. Louis Rams, teammates had to go through the range of emotions. Frustration turned to empathy quickly. Morgan didn't get a sense of understanding from some people on Twitter, who instead insulted him and threatened his life and his family.
Most of what happens on a football field isn't very nice. If it occurred in your workplace or mine, the perpetrator(s) would probably be whisked off to sensitivity training. But sometimes it takes a game like Sunday's between the Washington Redskins and St. Louis Rams to remind us of that.
The damage caused by the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty Joshua Morgan committed at the end of the Washington Redskins' loss to St. Louis on Sunday can't be undone, but the gaffe can be used as a learning tool going forward.
Washington Redskins wide receiver Joshua Morgan was penalized 15 yards for throwing the ball at St. Louis Rams cornerback Cortland Finnegan with 1:18 remaining in a 3-point game, pushing the Redskins out of field-goal range in a 31-28 loss.
The New York Jets traded wide receiver Derrick Mason to the Houston Texans for an undisclosed draft pick.
Texans defensive end Mario Williams is out for the season after tearing a pectoral muscle in Houston's 25-20 loss to the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.
"Most of the people on this team don't really let it get to us or bother us anyway," said wide receiver Joshua Morgan. "We try to stay together as a team, stick together as a unit regardless. I mean, we're always just trying to focus on practice. You never bring stuff from outside the locker room into the locker room, and you never take stuff from work home. I mean, you've got to separate the two."
But while Morgan was frustrated after the game – he told the Times he was asked not to speak to reporters – he may have a chance to play again soon.