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Phil Simms considering not saying 'Redskins' in broadcasts

Phil Simms arrives at Super Bowl XLVIII on

Phil Simms arrives at Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. Credit: AP / Invision for NFL / Jason DeCrow

Phil Simms said Monday he is leaning against using the nickname "Redskins" when the team hosts the Giants on Sept. 25 in a game that will be broadcast in prime time on CBS.

"My very first thought is it will be Washington the whole game," he told The Associated Press at CBS' preseason NFL media luncheon.

He told the AP he is not necessarily taking sides in the debate over whether the nickname is offensive but is being sensitive to complaints about it.

"I never really thought about it, and then it came up and it made me think about it," he said. "There are a lot of things that can come up in a broadcast, and I am sensitive to this."

CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus said network policy is "we use the names of all 32 teams in our broadcast. Having said that, we're not in the business of specifically telling our announcers what to say or not to say, and if they feel strongly about an element like this, we're going to not tell them what to say.

"But as a policy, in our graphics and in our mentions of the teams, we use the teams' logos and names and marks. That hasn't changed."

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