McNabb holds out hope in DC

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:01 PM ET

Quarterback Donovan McNabb didn't play a lick in Sunday's loss to Dallas but after his comments Tuesday you would have to think he had been kicked in the head and had suffered a concussion.

How else do you explain his comments on ESPN radio saying he is holding out hope that he will be back playing for the Washington Redskins and coach Mike Shanahan in 2011.

This after the veteran quarterback last week was nailed to the Redskins bench by Shanahan for the 'Skins final three games in order to give the coach time to assess the play of backups Rex Grossman and John Beck.

The veteran quarterback with Hall of Fame credentials has endured a bumpy season with Washington after being obtained from the Eagles in April. Instead of leading them to a playoff berth, McNabb had a poor season, the team never caught fire and now he's on the sidelines for the final three weeks.

"You do feel somewhat disrespected," McNabb told ESPN of the current benching. "Everything was handled awkwardly."

But not "awkwardly" enough for McNabb to say: "I'm out of here."

Instead, he's once again trying to take the high road and says he'd like to return.

"I definitely hope so, and I expressed that," McNabb said. "I don't want to go anywhere. I love the fans here in the Northern Virginia, D.C. area. I've enjoyed myself here. I think we can do some good things here. I thank the fans for all the support they've given me."

He didn't, however, thank Shanahan for the early Christmas present of a knife in the back.


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