- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Receiver Jabar Gaffney on Monday morning downplayed the profane Twitter exchange he had with a Dallas Cowboys fan after the Washington Redskins lost to Dallas, 27-24, in overtime Sunday.

“Cowboys fans, that’s how they are,” Gaffney said. “I was just telling the dude: ‘Y’all won. All right, leave me alone. Don’t talk to me.’ That’s all it was.”

Gaffney after Sunday’s game engaged with a fan on Twitter that uses the handle @bam1121. The user addressed a tweet to Gaffney that read: “lmao 3-9”

Gaffney responded: “we 3-7 u dumb [expletive]”

He later tweeted: “3-7 ain’t a record to be proud of I’m just proud I ain’t you get a life or kill urself”

Even later, Gaffney tweeted: “I don’t want the man to really kill himself it was just a way of saying [expletive] off or leave me alone to all you lames keep up or don’t follow”

The tweets have since been deleted from Gaffney’s Twitter page.

Coach Mike Shanahan had no reaction to what Gaffney wrote.

“I heard he said something, but I said, ‘Don’t tell me what he said until after the press conference so I don’t have to comment on it,’ ” Shanahan said. “Because I was really getting ready for Seattle, and I don’t want to get into detail on that.”

Gaffney went back to Twitter Monday afternoon to further address the matter.

“They say I can’t tell people to kill themselves didn’t know freedom of speech had limitations so I’ll just say #uknowwhattodo,” he wrote.

Gano on solid footing with coach

Kicker Graham Gano still has Shanahan’s support after missing two field goal attempts against Dallas, including a 52-yarder in overtime. Gano has missed four of eight in the past two games.

“Obviously, Graham hasn’t been as consistent as we would like,” Shanahan said. “We’re hoping that he improves in that area. I thought that he’s done a great job on his kickoffs. Overall, he’s got some great leg strength. But you would like that consistency with a kicker, and hopefully he gets better in that area.”

Asked if he’d stick with Gano going forward, Shanahan said: “Yeah, unless we find somebody that we think will help our football team win that’s better than him.”

Extra points

• Left tackle Trent Williams on Sunday suffered a Grade 1 strain of the MCL in his left knee, the least severe classification. Whether he can practice this week will be evaluated Wednesday, Shanahan said.

• Receiver Santana Moss will attempt to practice Wednesday. He has not played since fracturing his left hand Oct. 23.

“It ain’t fun watching us lose, but at the end of the day it’s something we’re going through,” Moss said. “Even not being out there being a part of it still hurts. That’s why I’m taking care of my business, so I can get back out there and help these guys.”

• Cornerback Josh Wilson suffered a minor hamstring strain against Dallas. His availability for practice will be evaluated Wednesday.

Shanahan applauded the competitiveness cornerback DeAngelo Hall demonstrated with his harsh self-criticism after Sunday’s loss.

“I don’t like people to get down on themselves, but at the same time, I like people to be tough on themselves,” Shanahan said. “I’ve got a lot of belief in DeAngelo that he’ll come back and play extremely hard and take advantage of his opportunities the next time he’s on the field.”

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