- Israel hits symbols of Hamas rule; scores killed
- Mississippi abortion law can’t be enforced
- Teacher who survived Sandy Hook has book deal
- Jury awards Jesse Ventura $1.8M in case vs. ‘American Sniper’ author Chris Kyle
- Middle Eastern firm’s deal to manage U.S. cargo port raises security concerns
- Bob McDonnell’s defense: Lonely wife developed ‘crush’ on CEO
- Chinese hackers stole ‘huge quantities’ of sensitive data on Israel’s Iron Dome
- House Republicans unveil bill to speed deportations of border children
- Californians protest middle school for hiring white man to teach cultural studies
- Killer’s sentencing overturned because mother couldn’t find seat in courtroom
Pierre Garcon returns to Redskins practice
Question of the Day
Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon practiced Monday afternoon for the first time in a month. It's the first indication in weeks that he might play again this year instead of opting for season-ending surgery to repair his sprained right foot.
Garcon, however, was only cautiously optimistic about his chances of playing because his right foot still hurts.
"Walking, running, cutting — it's a pain all the time," Garcon said. "I'm trying to take the positive out of being out there and give my team some energy."
Garcon was limited in practice, as the Redskins returned from their bye week and began practicing for Sunday's home game against the Philadelphia Eagles. In the portion of practice open to reporters, he participated in receiver drills and ran pass patterns.
"It was good to get back out there and run a little bit," he said. "I've been sitting around for a long time. It's not 100 percent, but when I'm out there, I'm going all out and giving everything I got."
Garcon wouldn't speculate on his status for Sunday's game, saying the decision is up to coach Mike Shanahan.
"He looked like he did some good things," Shanahan said. "I'm just hoping there's no setback. We'll find out over the next few days exactly where he's at."
Garcon has a plantar plate tear in his right foot. The plantar plate is a soft tissue structure that connects the base of the toe and the metatarsal, the long bone that goes to the toe. It cushions the bottom of the metatarsal head, which is why the tear causes Garcon significant pain when he pushes off and sprints. Garcon's right shoe has been fitted for orthotics to help ease the pain.
"I really don't want to get surgery," Garcon said. "That's where I stand on that."
Meriweather may finally play
Strong safety Brandon Meriweather is optimistic he will make his Redskins debut on Sunday. He practiced on Monday as part of his ongoing return from a sprained left knee.
"I'm feeling good about it right now," Meriweather said. "We've still got a whole week ahead of us, but as of right now, after working out today I feel good."
The Redskins signed Meriweather, a two-time Pro Bowler, to a two-year contract last offseason and hoped he would be their first-string strong safety. However, he sprained his knee during the second preseason game and suffered a setback six weeks later during a freak pre-game collision.
Meriweather was coy with reporters Monday when asked when he'll know if he'll play against the Eagles.
"I'm going to let you guys know Sunday at about 12:50 when everybody running out of the tunnel," he said with a smile.
Right tackle Jammal Brown practiced Monday for the first time this season. He is on the physically-unable-to-perform list because of his left hip injury, and the Redskins have two weeks to activate him. If they don't, he'll finish the season on injured reserve.
"I feel a lot looser, can bend a lot more," Brown said. "I'm eager to see after a week or so how it feels."
© Copyright 2014 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
About the Author
- REDSKINS 2013: Washington seeks staying power among NFL's elite
- REDSKINS 2013: Breaking down the schedule, game by game
- NFL 2013: Ranking all 32 teams in terms of staying power
- With no blueprint, Redskin Hankerson seeks success as dad
- Redskins receiver Leonard Hankerson learning to manage family life with football career
Latest Blog Entries
- Boehner rules out impeachment: 'Scam started by Democrats'
- Obama thanks Muslims for 'building the very fabric of our nation'
- Federal judge grants 90-day stay in D.C. gun case
- Inside the Beltway: Immigration rage festers on all sides
- Obama's brother wears Hamas scarf bearing anti-Israel slogans in photo
- D.C. seeks to stay judge's order allowing gun owners to carry in public
- Smugglers, rainstorm combine to poke holes in border fence
- Hillary Clinton: Forget Obama, George W. Bush made her 'proud to be an American'
- Obama: 'Not a new Cold War,' but new Russia sanctions announced
- Hillary Clinton: I was indeed 'dead broke,' but shouldn't have said so
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world