Gibbs backs off on his criticism

'Skins coach says he shouldn't have knocked refs after loss to Bucs


Ashburn, Va. -- Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs said he erred in his criticism of officials and instant replay after the team's 36-35 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

Gibbs, who vented on Monday, was particularly incensed that officials did not overturn Mike Alstott's game-winning, two-point conversion with 58 seconds left and would not allow him to challenge a ruling on Joey Galloway's 34-yard catch that led to Tampa Bay's first touchdown.

"If we disagree on something, I should just say, `Hey, we're going to turn it in, and see where we go,'" Gibbs said yesterday after practice at Redskins Park. "I shouldn't specifically have said what I said. Having been said, I think what we're trying to do in the league is try to work as hard as we can and help the officials."

In injury news, wide receiver David Patten missed practice with what Gibbs called "irritation in his knee." Patten is listed as doubtful for Sunday's home game against the Oakland Raiders.

Defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin (strained hip flexor), safety Sean Taylor (sprained ankle) and running back Ladell Betts (sprained knee) also did not practice and are listed as questionable.

Defensive tackle Joe Salave'a (plantar fasciitis) and end Phillip Daniels (sprained elbow) did not practice, but are listed as probable.

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