Wide receiver Josh Morgan and tight end Fred Davis have been all but discarded by the Washington Redskins in recent weeks. Morgan’s role in the offense continued to shrink until he joined Davis on the inactive list last weekend. Deactivations on game days have become the norm for Davis.

But now with the Redskins’ season unraveling, Morgan and Davis could reenter the picture. It is because of circumstances and not necessarily by the coaching staff’s choice, with wide receiver Leonard Hankerson shelved by a season-ending knee injury and rookie tight end Jordan Reed being treated for a concussion. Whatever the reason, the Redskins could be left relying on Morgan and Davis again.

“I think it’s only awkward if you just avoid the situation,” Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said Thursday. “Josh and Fred are two of my favorite guys that I coach, just as people. I like the guys a lot. . . . I know last week was tough for them. Any time a coach makes a decision not to use you, that’s hard. I understand that.”

Shanahan said he expects Morgan and Davis to be ready to contribute.

“That would be hard if I got benched as a coach and they just said, ‘No, Kyle, you’re not going this week,’ ” Shanahan said. “I’d be pretty down, too. I can understand being in their situation. But we all have a job to do. People have decisions to make. Whether it’s right or wrong, whether you agree with it or not, I think those guys are man enough to deal with it, and it’s not like we hide from them and don’t talk to them.”

Davis has considerably more rust to knock off. He has played in just four games this season and has three catches. He last played in a game Oct. 13 at Dallas and last had a catch Sept. 15 at Green Bay.

“It’s not really hard because I want to play,” Davis said after Thursday’s practice. “Just to be out there and get a chance to [play] . . . it’s a great opportunity for me.”

It’s certainly not what Davis expected when he re-signed with the Redskins in free agency after his 2012 season was cut short by a ruptured Achilles’ tendon. Davis had been productive for most of his Redskins tenure. He had 24 catches for 325 yards in seven games last season. In 2011, he had 59 catches for 796 yards in 12 games before serving a four-game suspension for a violation of the sport’s substance abuse policy.