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.
The former 49er 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.
Nevertheless, coach Mike Shanahan said the team is looking into the matter. "We have security that takes care of those issues," the coach said. "We'll look at it and see if it's serious or not."
Giants: New York will be without NFC offensive player of the week Hakeem Nicks for Thursday's game against Carolina. Nicks, a wide
Patriots: New England signed tight end Kellen Winslow and re-signed wide receiver Deion Branch to add depth to a pass-catching group that lost tight end Aaron Hernandez to a right ankle injury. The Patriots released Branch on the final roster cutdown after he caught 51 passes last season but kept his nameplate above his locker and his possessions inside it.
Bounty scandal: Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita says he plans to reschedule his postponed meeting with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell about the Saints bounty scandal. Fujita had planned to speak with Goodell via a video conference from a Cleveland law office on Tuesday, but the league called it off because it wanted a face-to-face meeting.
Jets: Cornerback Darrelle Revis was limited at practice while recovering from a concussion suffered in New York's season opener. Revis was cleared for practice and took part in some position and individual drills but still can't be involved in any contact. His status for the team's game at Miami on Sunday is still uncertain.
Falcons: Atlanta running back Michael Turner apologized 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. Police say he was clocked doing 97 mph in a 65 mph zone and booked him into jail on a DUI charge after a field sobriety test.
Seahawks: Golden Tate was fined $21,000 by the NFL for his block on Dallas linebacker Sean Lee in Sunday's game, according to a report from ESPNDallas.com.
Hurd case: Former NFL wide receiver Sam Hurd faces more charges in the drug distribution case against him. The indictment filed late Tuesday charges Hurd with attempting to possess cocaine and marijuana with intent to distribute. He also faces two counts of committing a felony offense while on release.
The charges are connected with allegations that Hurd, who has played for the Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears, tried to purchase drugs in June while on bond.
Wire services contributed to this report.