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Quick Hits: Shanahan encouraged by Meriweather, Brown participation; Garcon’s status unclear

Brandon Meriweather (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

— Wide receiver Pierre Garcon, safety Brandon Meriweather and right tackle Jammal Brown participated in the Washington Redskins’ practice Monday as the team returned from its bye week.

The Redskins are hopeful that Meriweather will play Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. He has not played all season because of a knee injury.

Coach Mike Shanahan said he was encouraged by Meriweather’s limited participation in Monday’s practice.

Garcon has played only three games this season and might have to undergo season-ending surgery for a plantar plate tear in his foot. Shanahan said that Garcon also was a limited participant Monday and he hopes to know more about the wide receiver’s playing status in the coming days.

Shanahan called Brown’s participation in the practice very positive. The Redskins must make a decision in two weeks about whether to activate Brown.

He has been on the physically unable to perform list all season because of a hip injury.

— Quarterback Robert Griffin III felt good Monday, Shanahan said, after hurting his ribs in the Redskins’ final game before the bye.

— Shanahan said he thought his players returned from the bye week refreshed and rejuvenated. He said that he and other members of the organization evaluated schemes and personnel issues last week, but declined to reveal the conclusions they reached.

— The Redskins will have to prepare this week for two Eagles quarterbacks, Michael Vick and rookie Nick Foles, because of the concussion suffered Sunday by Vick, Shanahan said.

— Shanahan said the team’s coaches also used the bye to begin preparing for the Redskins’ game in Dallas on Thanksgiving.

Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.
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