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Weeks after benching, Skins extend McNabb deal

LANDOVER, Md. — Never mind whether Donovan McNabb can go for two minutes. The Redskins decided they'd like to have him around for another five years.

And never mind whether he was worth two draft picks. The Redskins figure he's worth $40 million guaranteed.

Monday, two weeks after it benched him in the final 1:50 of a loss to Detroit, Washington signed McNabb to a five-year contract extension worth $78 million — giving top money to a quarterback who is about to turn 34 and having his worst season since he was a rookie.

Stats aside, however, the Redskins have decided the six-time Pro Bowler will remain a centerpiece in coach Mike Shanahan's rebuilding project, even as both endure growing pains with the Redskins' new offense.

"Now he doesn't have to focus or concentrate on what next year will bring," said Fletcher Smith, McNabb's agent. "He knows he's going to be a Redskin; now he can focus on playing football."

BENGALS: Kicker and ex-Buc Mike Nugent (torn ACL, right knee) is out for the season.

BROWNS: Coach Eric Mangini said linebacker Scott Fujita (left knee ligament) could be out "a little while" and that starting right guard Billy Yates (biceps) is out for the season. Mangini was optimistic that wide receiver/kick returner Joshua Cribbs (dislocated toes) and cornerback Sheldon Brown (shoulder) will practice later this week.

DOLPHINS: Chad Pennington (right shoulder) is out for the season and might have suffered a career-ending injury Sunday. Chad Henne (knee) might be available Thursday against the Bears, coach Tony Sparano said. Third-string quarterback Tyler Thigpen is likely to start against Chicago, and the team signed veteran Patrick Ramsey, who might be the backup Thursday. Also, the availability of Pro Bowl offensive tackle Jake Long (shoulder) was uncertain. ESPN reported that Long dislocated a shoulder and might have damaged a labrum Sunday, but that he might try to play Thursday with a shoulder harness.

49ERS: Coach Mike Singletary said Troy Smith will start at quarterback Sunday against the Bucs, though Alex Smith was cleared to play. … Left tackle Joe Staley (broken leg) will miss 4-6 weeks.

JAGUARS: A day after his last-second "Hail Mary" catch beat the Texans, receiver Mike Thomas went to New York and Connecticut for a slew of media appearances. "I think this is an icebreaker for my life," Thomas said. "I don't want to be a one Hail Mary kind of guy. I want to be an elite receiver in this league, and I think I can be." His schedule will get more hectic soon. His girlfriend is due to give birth to their first child, a girl, next Monday.

JETS: Receiver Jerricho Cotchery (slight left groin tear) might miss at least one game.

SEAHAWKS: Coach Pete Carroll said quarterback Matt Hasselbeck has two small cracks in his left (non-throwing) wrist but should not miss any time. … Defensive end Raheem Brock was arrested Saturday morning in Seattle for investigation of driving under the influence, Seattle's KCPQ-TV reported.

TITANS: Quarterback Kerry Collins (strained left calf) will miss several weeks.

FEUD DeFUSED: Broncos coach Josh McDaniels said he didn't know why Kansas City coach Todd Haley wagged his finger, scolded McDaniels and refused to shake his hand after Denver's 49-29 win Sunday. Haley, in his Monday news conference, apologized, saying he let "emotions of the situation" take over. "I do believe in doing what's right, and that was not right," Haley said.

KIFFIN CASE: An NFL arbitrator denied a grievance filed by former Raiders coach Lane Kiffin, now coach at USC, in an attempt to claim the lost salary he said the team still owed him.

POWER OUTAGE: Mark Lamping, chief executive of the new $1.6 billion New Meadowlands Stadium, blamed New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority equipment for two power outages during Sunday's Giants-Cowboys game.

Weeks after benching, Skins extend McNabb deal 11/15/10 [Last modified: Monday, November 15, 2010 11:22pm]

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