Washington Redskins receiver Joshua Morgan felt the full downside of the social media age this week, receiving death threats and other venomous messages on Twitter because of his fourth-quarter blunder in the loss to the St. Louis Rams.
Morgan talked Wednesday about the nastiness he’s heard from fans since his unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for throwing the ball at Cortland Finnegan. The penalty cost the Redskins valuable field position during the team’s final drive in Sunday’s 31-28 defeat.
‘‘I heard everything, especially when they get you on Twitter and are sending you death threats and wishing you bad things and your firstborn,’’ Morgan said. ‘‘You see it all, you hear it all. You never let it get to you, especially with me being from D.C. They treated me kind of like they did [49ers return man] Kyle Williams last year when he dropped a punt against the Giants.’’
Morgan said the threats are keeping him focused. He said he wasn’t tempted to discontinue his Twitter account. ‘‘The only thing I take seriously is football and my family, and nothing really scares me,’’ he said.
Nicks out for Giants
The Giants will be without NFC offensive player of the week Hakeem Nicks for Thursday’s game against the Panthers. The wide receiver, who had 10 catches for 199 yards last week, has a foot injury, adding to the list of absentees for the Giants. Running back Ahmad Bradshaw (neck), offensive tackle David Diehl (knee), and another receiver, Domenik Hixon (concussion) will also miss the game . . . Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis was limited at practice while recovering from a concussion and his status for Sunday’s game at Miami remains uncertain. Tight end Dustin Keller did not participate in practice with a hamstring injury that sidelined him against the Steelers . . . The Raiders made moves to bolster their banged-up secondary by signing cornerback Brandian Ross from Green Bay’s practice squad and giving starting free safety Michael Huff work at cornerback in practice. The team is playing without starters Ron Bartell (shoulder) and Shawntae Spencer (foot) . . . The Lions, another team dealing with a depleted secondary, claimed cornerback Jerome Murphy off waivers from the Saints . . . The Jaguars signed veteran tight end Maurice Stovall and released tight end Stephen Spach.
Falcons running back Michael Turner apologized Wednesday to the team for his drunken driving arrest, saying he made ‘‘a bad decision’’ and was prepared to deal with the consequences. Turner was pulled over by police in suburban Gwinnett County around 5 a.m. Tuesday — just hours after scoring a touchdown in Atlanta’s 27-21 win over Denver. Turner will play Sunday when Atlanta travels to San Diego to face the Chargers, his former team . . . Six-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Chad Johnson’s divorce from reality TV star Evelyn Lozada was finalized a little more than a month after his arrest on a domestic battery charge, his lawyer said.