Phil Simms said Monday that he may not use the term "Redskins" when broadcasting Washington's games this season, according to a report from the AP. CBS has said that while the network will include the team's logo and name in graphics, the decision whether to use the name will be left up to individual broadcasters.
Simms will call the Washington-New York Thursday night game on Sept. 25. CBS will broadcast Thursday Night Football games this year for the first time.
At CBS NFL Media Day, Simms said "My very first thought is it will be 'Washington' the whole game."
This offseason, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office canceled the team's trademark registrations on the grounds that it was disparaging to Native Americans. In July, the Fort Yuma Quechan Tribe in Arizona turned down a donation offered by Washington owner Daniel Snyder's charity foundation, calling it "bribe money." In August, Snyder defended the team name, saying that he learned Native Americans "loved" the name from his visits to reservations around the country.
- Alex Hampl