by Chuck Carroll

ASHBURN, Va. (CBSDC) — Three days removed from a benching in Philadelphia, Josh Morgan said he respects Mike Shanahan despite the coach’s decision to have him ride the pine against the Eagles.

The Washington Redskins wide receiver/punt returner was deactivated as a result of an underwhelming performance on special teams.

Now, the injury to Leonard Hankerson coupled with the ho-hum debut of rookie returner Nick Williams, it is conceivable Morgan will return to action Monday night against the San Francisco 49ers.

Head coach Mike Shanahan says he typically will sit down with a player and review as many as 20 plays that led the decision to leave them off the field. He followed the criticism by stating his belief that Morgan has the potential to be a Pro Bowl player.

“I already respect my coach’s opinion whether I agree with him or not,” Morgan said. “It’s my job go out there and play football with the opportunities I’m given. ”

Shortly thereafter the DC native stated his only focus was beating his former team this week — one of many times he emphasized the goal during a brief media session at Redskins Park.

Morgan does not feel it will be difficult to get back in the swing of things after a sitting out a week.

“It’s not really difficult to play football,” he said. “That’s what I’ve been doing my whole life.”

Morgan told Mike Jones of The Washington Post on Sunday Shanahan instructed him not to speak with the media Sunday in Philadelphia.

“Coach said I can’t talk,” he said. “Coach said I can’t play football and I can’t talk.”

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