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CBS lead analyst Phil Simms plans to try to avoid saying 'Redskins' during game against Giants

Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins warms up before an NFL football game against the New York Giants in Landover, Md., Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins warms up before an NFL football game against the New York Giants in Landover, Md., Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)  (The Associated Press)

CBS lead analyst Phil Simms plans to try to avoid saying "Redskins" during Washington's nationally televised game against the New York Giants.

The network airs the matchup Thursday night as part of its new NFL package. Simms first told The Associated Press last month that he would call the team "Washington" during the broadcast.

The former Giants quarterback said he wasn't taking sides on whether the club should change its nickname, but he was sensitive to complaints that the term is offensive.

Simms' broadcast partner, play-by-play announcer Jim Nantz, said then that it's "not my job to take a stance."

Most TV commentators have kept using "Redskins" this season amid growing criticism of the name.