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News & Notes: Lloyd Inactive vs. Giants

Wide receiver Brandon Lloyd was among the Redskins' inactives for Saturday night's season finale against the New York Giants. Lloyd sat out the game due to bronchitis, according to team officials.

Antwaan Randle El started in place of Lloyd.

It was the first game that Lloyd missed this season. He finished the 2006 campaign with 23 receptions for 365 yards, his lowest catch total since his rookie year in 2003. He struggled to make an impact in the Redskins' passing game.

With Lloyd out, James Thrash and David Patten served as third and fourth wide receivers.

Patten was active for the first time since Week 4 at Jacksonville. Patten, a 10-year NFL veteran, has struggled through a hamstring injury this season. He has just one catch for 25 yards.

The Redskins' complete list of inactive players was as follows: wide receivers Mike Espy and Lloyd, cornerback Leigh Torrence, offensive lineman Jim Molinaro, defensive linemen Ryan Boschetti and Anthony Montgomery and tight end Brian Kozlowski.

Meantime, the Redskins did not have Pro Bowl tight end Jeremy Shockey to worry about in Saturday night's game. Shockey has been slowed by an ankle injury suffered in last Sunday's Giants-New Orleans Saints game.

Backup tight end Visanthe Shiancoe, who entered the game with 11 receptions for 73 yards, drew the start in place of Shockey.



Even though young players like Jason Campbell and Rocky McIntosh have gotten invaluable playing time in the last few weeks, winning games remains paramount for the Redskins.

"We want to win, period," head coach Joe Gibbs said. "The last five weeks, we have played extremely hard, but not as well as we've want to play sometimes. We want to finish it out.

"New York has something to play for and we don't. They are a division rivalry just like Philly and Dallas. You mark yourself against other teams in your division. That is who we have to beat."

Winning is also a mindset, Gibbs said, that needs to be emphasized even as a team suffers through a difficult season.

"That's the reason why every game is important. The best thing you can do to help your football team--and the way everyone feels about themselves--and gain momentum and confidence is win games.

"We want to develop chemistry and a game plan for success, then try and make sure we do it every week. And then we have to learn from it."

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