Pierre Garcon practices, wide receiver could play Sunday

November 14, 2012

Pierre Garcon scoring on an 88-yard catch and run during the Redskins’ opening game against the Saints.

Wide receiver Pierre Garcon participated in the Washington Redskins’ practice Wednesday and Coach Mike Shanahan said it’s possible that Garcon would return to the lineup Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Shanahan called Garcon’s participation in the practice limited. He said he’s hopeful that Garcon won’t suffer a setback.

Garcon has played only three games this season because of a foot injury. He has said he would like to avoid season-ending surgery for a torn ligament in the second toe on his right foot but knows that could happen if he remains unable to play.

Garcon said as he left the practice field Wednesday that things were “going good” but he did not elaborate.

Rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III said he doesn’t know whether Garcon will play this weekend but it would be nice to have him back in the lineup.

The two had a good on-field rapport during the preseason and the Redskins’ season-opening win at New Orleans, when Garcon had an 88-yard touchdown catch. Griffin said he thinks the pair can recapture that if Garcon plays.

Griffin said his own rib injury is healed. He was hurt during the Redskins’ last game before their bye, a loss to the Carolina Panthers, but continued playing. “I’m fine,” Griffin said.

Griffin said he used the Redskins’ bye week to clear his head and get away from the team’s weekly in-season routine.

Safety Brandon Meriweather also was limited during Wednesday’s practice but Shanahan said Meriweather looked good. The Redskins hope Meriweather plays Sunday after being sidelined all season by a knee injury.

Left tackle Trent Williams was sore Wednesday but practiced fully, said Shanahan, who did not provide further details on that subject.

Griffin shrugged off comparisons to Eagles quarterback Michael Vick. He did express some regret that the two are unlikely to face one another this weekend. Vick suffered a concussion during the Eagles’ loss Sunday to the Dallas Cowboys.

Griffin was elected a team captain by Redskins players, Shanahan said. The Redskins hold post-bye elections to add captains to the group that began the season. According to Shanahan, defensive linemen Barry Cofield and Stephen Bowen also were elected new captains. They’ll join Williams, linebacker London Fletcher and special teams standout Lorenzo Alexander as the team’s captains.

Shanahan said he could not recall any of his teams electing a rookie as a captain previously.

 

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Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.
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Mark Maske · November 14, 2012