The Oakland Raiders have signed former UFL punter Danny Baugher to their practice squad as insurance if Shane Lechler is unable to play this week.

Baugher's agent David Canter confirmed the signing Tuesday.

Lechler strained his hamstring in Sunday's win over Denver and briefly left the game. Kicker Sebastian Janikowski punted once in his place.

The Raiders wanted to have another punter in place if Lechler can't play Sunday against Indianapolis.

Baugher spent this past season with Las Vegas of the United Football League. He led the league with a 44.6-yard gross average and 36.7 net.

He has never played in an NFL game.

Redskins: Donovan McNabb felt disrespected by the way he was benched by Washington coach Mike Shanahan.

"Everything was handled awkwardly," McNabb said Tuesday on his weekly radio show on ESPN980, "somewhat to a disrespect to me and to the team."

Making his first public comments since his demotion last week, McNabb said he strongly disagreed with the decision, but he has a bigger problem with the way he says the organization leaked the news to the media before informing him.

"Because of the timing and because of all the leaks and everything that was put out there, and no putting out the fire, so to speak," McNabb said, "I'm hearing everything through the media."

Shanahan waited until last Thursday evening to tell McNabb that Rex Grossman would be the starter for the rest of the season, even though rumblings of a possible switch had been circulating all week.


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"I was pulled back by it. All of a sudden you get this news a couple of days before the game, you do feel somewhat disrespected," McNabb said. "You could have told me earlier or at least prepared me for it."

McNabb said he wasn't even aware that he was being demoted to No. 3 quarterback for the final two games of the season until Shanahan announced the move to reporters the next day.

Cowboys: With time running out on this season, Dallas told injured quarterback Tony Romo he might as well rest up for next season.

Romo went on injured reserve Tuesday, eliminating any chance of him playing Saturday at Arizona or in the season finale at Philadelphia. He's been out since breaking his left collarbone Oct. 25.

Jon Kitna will start the final two games. Interim coach Jason Garrett said he wouldn't use second-year backup Stephen McGee unless Kitna is hurt.

Packers: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers says he's been cleared to play Sunday against the New York Giants, according to ESPNMilwaukee.com. Rodgers said he's passed all the requisite post-concussion tests.

Browns: Cleveland placed cornerback Eric Wright and former Cal linebacker Scott Fujita on injured reserve, both with knee injuries.