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The No. 21 Stickers

A lot of you guys have asked me about why certain teams are not wearing the No. 21 sticker to honor murdered Redskins safety Sean Taylor, so I thought I'd address it now that I have a chance.

First of all, I double checked with the league and aside from all teams wearing the sticker the weekend after Sean died, there is nothing forcing players or teams to continue doing so. According to the NFL, it is us up to any individual player as to whether or not to wear the sticker.

I have received the most mail about the Pats not wearing the stickers (which considering how magnified everything they do has become, and the fact they are always on prime time, I guess that makes sense. Oh, and that 52-7 loss might still stick with some of you as well.)

Well, the Pats players by and large did not seem to be wearing them, or so Redskins Nation has reported in its missive to me. And now we know they do not have to. Also, the Pats are wearing No. 91 stickers to honor teammate Marquise Hill, who drowned in the offseason.

Also, there are any number of players no longer wearing No. 21 on teams like Arizona, Detroit, Tampa. Would it be easier just to leave the sticker on and forget about it? I imagine so, but there is nothing compelling any player to have to do so.

Randoms: The Redskins starting WR combo - Moss/Randle El - has combined for 1 TD this season ... The Skins are on pace not to have a receiver top 800 yards for the second straight season after Moss set a franchise record with 1,483 yards in 2005 ... Anybody else catch David Patten tearing it up in the slot on those screens Monday night (albeit against the awful Saints)? Still, Patten did more in one half of that game than Brandon Lloyd ever did in two years with Washington ... The Skins have a real dilemma at right tackle this weekend. Whether it's un-drafted Stephon Heyer or beat up Todd Wade I think Mike Strahan might be licking his chops a little bit and largely immobile Todd Collins will be ready to release the ball as quickly as possible ... Chloe now makes me sing "Walking On The Moon" and "Message In a Bottle" before bedtime now. We've moved on from Cheap Trick to The Police ...

Iron Mike Sellers tells me he does watch sports on TV. Period. Ever. And trust me, I believe him. Man could tell me he eats alarm clocks for breakfast and I'd nod my head gamely. "I do not watch sports at all," he said while sticking pins into an Antonio Pierce voodoo doll in the locker room the other day (okay, I made that part up). "I don't watch baseball, football or basketball unless I'm at the game." At this point I could not resist the urge and, being the soccer geek that I am, I interrupted and half-heartedly asked IMS if he caught any soccer games on the dish, bracing to take a punch. "Soccer? Nah man," Sellers said, chuckling. "I don't watch anything. And golf, I might have to commit suicide if you turn golf on."

By Jason La Canfora  |  December 12, 2007; 6:45 AM ET
 
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