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McNabb, Fletcher, Alexander Named 2010 Captains

Inside linebacker London Fletcher was again selected as a team captain on defense, quarterback Donovan McNabb received the honor on offense and Lorenzo Alexander on special teams, but Alexander only for the season opener against the Dallas Cowboys, Coach Mike Shanahan said Thursday after practice at Redskins Park.

At the bye week, the Redskins will vote for an additional offensive and defensive captain, Shanahan said. “Those four guys will be the captains for the rest of the year.”

Players elect the special team’s captain for the first week. For the first eight games, the special teams player of the week will serve as the captain for the following game. The team votes again at the midway point for a special team’s captain who will hold the position for the remainder of the season.

“So we’ll wind up with five captains at the midway point,” Shanahan said. “We start out with two and a special team’s player of the week. I’ve done it different ways. That’s been the most effective for me. There’s a lot of times guys will step up and show their teammates in the first eight games that they deserve to be captains.

“It’s something to work for. And then special teams, it’s kind of the same way. You get the player of the week. He gets to be captain that week. And at the midway point, we vote for somebody that’s captain for the rest of the season. And the different ways that I’ve done it, I think that’s the one that’s been the most effective for me.”

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