Pierre Garcon’s sprained right foot hasn’t fully recovered, but the Redskins have decided they’d rather have their top X receiver on the field at less than full strength than leave him on the sideline.
“He doesn’t have to be 100 percent to play,” offense coordinator Kyle Shanahan said after Thursday’s practice, in which Garcon was limited.
Garcon injured his foot in the first quarter of the season-opening victory over New Orleans. He missed the rest of that game and the following two. He played against Tampa Bay and Atlanta in Weeks 4 and 5, but foot pain limited his effectiveness. He hasn’t played since.
“Pierre came in, and he still did some things in those games that he played in that did help, and just having him out there,” Shanahan said. “But we definitely wanted to get him to 100 percent, and now we’ve seen that we’re not sure if he’ll ever get there, we would definitely rather have him out there than not have him at all.”
Head coach Mike Shanahan implied Garcon would fit in with everyone else in the league if he plays on Sunday without being fully healthy.
“I’m not sure how many guys this time of year are 100 percent,” he said. “I think everybody’s banged up a little bit, and you fight through it. Pierre’s one of those guys. He’s just been out for a while.”
The Redskins host Philadelphia on Sunday.
In other injury news, safety Brandon Meriweather (sprained left knee) was limited in Thursday’s practice.
Right tackle Jammal Brown did not practice because of a sore left hip, which qualified as a setback to Mike Shanahan.
The following players fully participated in practice: Receiver Santana Moss (concussion), punter Sav Rocca (right knee), long snapper Nick Sundberg (left arm) and cornerbacks Josh Wilson (shoulder) and DeAngelo Hall (groin).