- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 14, 2012

The Washington Redskins were happy to get Robert Griffin III back Sunday after the rookie quarterback suffered a concussion last week. But Griffin had to make do without his top receiving target yet again.

Wide receiver Pierre Garcon missed the Redskins‘ game against the Minnesota Vikings with a lingering right foot injury. Garcon had played the previous two weeks, but this was the third game he missed.

Garcon injured the foot on his 88-yard touchdown catch at New Orleans on Sept. 9.

All along, coach Mike Shanahan has called Garcon’s injury an issue of “pain tolerance.” He was listed as questionable on the official injury report.

“He’s battling it, I can tell,” offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said Thursday. “You can see him on the practice field and in the games that it hurts him to run. He has a lingering foot problem, and it does hurt him. He’s been able to play through it here the last couple weeks, and it helps us having him out there, but no, I don’t think he’s 100 percent. I appreciate him battling through it and being out there for us. I just hope that each week it gets better.”

Garcon jogged around the field before Sunday’s game and seemed to be in pain. After a few minutes testing the foot, he went down the tunnel.

When the inactive list was announced shortly thereafter, Garcon was on it, along with cornerback Cedric Griffin, who missed his third straight game with a hamstring injury.

Report: Redskins facing fine

After Griffin left last week’s game against Atlanta, the Redskins announced to media that the rookie quarterback was “shaken up” and questionable to return.

That could significantly cost the team, according to a report by Fox Sports. Jay Glazer reported the Redskins are facing a “hefty” fine.

“NFL want teams to immediately acknowledge a head injury to prevent concussed players from getting pushed back on field,” Glazer wrote on Twitter.

A team spokesman said Sunday the Redskins had not been notified of any fine.

“I heard that ‘shaken up’ got everyone upset, but I understand,” coach Mike Shanahan said Wednesday. “We’ll try to go with the correct language from now on and keep you informed. But I thought we did things the right way relative to how we treated Robert. So whatever’s the correct way to make sure that you guys get the up-to-date information, we’ll obviously do that.”

Griffin left last week’s game after absorbing a blow to the head by Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon. He was tested for a concussion on the sideline and inside a small auxiliary room located behind the Redskins‘ bench at the base of the seating bowl.

When Griffin failed a memory test, he was escorted from the bench area to the locker room by trainers.

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