Pierre Garcon, Brandon Meriweather active for Redskins vs. Eagles

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Pierre Garcon and Brandon Meriweather are both active and will start for the Washington Redskins’ game against the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday, marking the return of two playmakers.

Garcon hasn’t been himself since the first quarter of Week 1, bothered by a plantar plate tear in his right foot. Coach Mike Shanahan said Friday he was hopeful Garcon would play, barring any setbacks.

“He doesn’t have to be 100 percent to play,” offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said Thursday. “We definitely wanted to get him to 100 percent. Now we’ve seen that we’re not sure if he’ll ever get there and we would definitely rather have him out there than not have him at all. We think he can help regardless of what [percent] he is.”

Meriweather’s return is actually his regular-season Redskins debut. He sprained ligaments in his left knee in the preseason and aggravated that during a pregame collision with wide receiver Aldrick Robinson Sept. 30 at Tampa Bay.

“We’re not going to let him out of the locker room,” Mike Shanahan joked.

With Garcon and Meriweather able to play, the Redskins had to make seven healthy players inactive for the first time this season. The inctives are quarterback Rex Grossman, receiver Dez Briscoe, cornerback Richard Crawford, linebacker Mario Addison, guard Josh Gettis, tackle/guard Maurice Hurt and defensive end Doug Worthington.

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