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Monday, December 24, 2007

Redskins did not sub out players, Childress said

Vikings coach Brad Childress clarified that the Washington Redskins did not sub out a player on a key play during the fourth quarter.

Childress initially thought the Redskins changed personnel before quick-snapping the ball so his team could not challenge a 23-yard catch by Santana Moss. But, other than one receiver he cannot identify, Childress said the Redskins did not change the fullback and tight end, only lining them up in a spread formation.

Childress spoke to Mike Perreira, the NFL's vice president of officiating, after Sunday night's game, as well as Monday morning. But both were trying to get their hands on a different tape to provide them another perspective.

Here are other highlights from his press conference:

* Asked about the Dallas Cowboys potentially resting players Sunday against the Washington Redskins, Childress said, "That’s the nature of the business.

"We’ve done it before (in Philadelphia), when you have nothing to gain in terms of positioning," he said. "You kind of weigh where you’re going to be freshness wise and sharpness wise."

* Childress said he has not finished his evaluation of quarterback Tarvaris Jackson. But he mentioned that he wants the quarterback to limit his turnovers and make more of the routine throws.

* Childress said rookie Adrian Peterson got limited playing time in the second half, because Chester Taylor is more experienced with pass protection.


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