Redskins get back to work following bye week

Strong safety Brandon Meriweather has yet to play a game after battling knee injuries. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Washington Redskins players get back to work today after receiving a five-day break for their Week 10 bye.

Owners of a 3-6 record and riding a three-game losing streak, the Redskins look to get back on track this week when they host the Philadelphia Eagles, who also own a 3-6 record and on Sunday suffered their fifth consecutive loss, falling 38-23 to the Dallas Cowboys.

The Redskins, who practice this afternoon, insist that despite being in a hole, they can dig their way out and contend for a postseason berth.

“We have the capabilities to do what we set out to do. Are we going to get that done? It’s just a matter of whether we’re going to come together and play like we’ve been coached,” left tackle Trent Williams said. “The coaches are putting us in the right places. We’re just not taking advantage of them at the time. … Just shooting ourselves in the foot.”

The Redskins’ much-maligned defense hopes to receive a boost with the anticipated healthy return of strong safety Brandon Meriweather, who has missed all of this season to date with strained ligaments in his left knee. The former two-time Pro Bowl pick has twice tried to make his Redskins debut only to suffer setbacks. But the team should find out today if he can indeed return to action today.

Meanwhile, the Redskins are watching and waiting to learn the status of wide receiver Pierre Garcon – their biggest free agent signing of the year – who has missed six of this season’s games with a torn ligament in the second toe of his right foot.

Garcon saw a specialist four weeks ago and opted against surgery, hoping that rest would allow the ligament to heal. He planned on testing out his toe following the bye week, but said last week that he still hadn’t experienced drastic improvement.

Mike Shanahan & Co. could get a better idea today of how realistic the receiver’s chances are of making a comeback this week or in the near future.

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