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“You try to do things you feel are productive for this community,” Griffin said. “If you feel it’s a good cause, you go ahead and do that, but for the most part I’ve tried to stay focused on football only. I don’t do very much off the field. The thing that I did the other day was strictly about bringing awareness to the vote and the election, but for the most part you stay away.”

Garcon has plantar plate tear

A foot specialist diagnosed receiver Pierre Garcon with a plantar plate tear in his right foot Wednesday, a source said. His status will continue to be determined on a weekly basis

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.

There is no specific timetable for Garcon’s return, although it could make sense to try to bring him back after the bye week. The Redskins return from the week off Nov. 18, and five of their final seven games are against NFC East opponents.

“It could very well happen that way, but … we don’t know what’s going to happen with Pierre,” Shanahan said. “I’m taking this day-by-day, listen to the doctors, see what they recommend, and obviously I’m not going to force somebody to play if the doctors don’t think he is ready or … Pierre doesn’t feel like he’s ready.”

The decision to send Garcon to see Dr. Robert B. Anderson in Charlotte, N.C., was not prompted by a setback. The foot injury just was not getting any better.

“He was sore when I talked to him [Tuesday],” Shanahan said. “He said it hadn’t improved at all. He went swimming, they put him in a pool, and it didn’t even improve in that area. Just for peace of mind I said, ‘Hey, why don’t you go talk to a specialist?’ … You get a chance to go one-on-one and see what he says and hopefully something positive comes out of it.”

Cooley back to work

Tight end Chris Cooley went back to practice and back to work Wednesday, two days after rejoining the Redskins following Davis’ season-ending Achilles injury. He talked about waking up as excited as a child, but amid his smiles he was concentrated.

“I’m here an hour and it’s a normal day of work, getting ready to play a huge game,” he said. “It’s funny. You just fall into a normal day of work.”

Cooley got his old locker back from backup quarterback Kirk Cousins, who offered it without reservation.

“Kirk Cousins is the nicest guy in the world, and he said, ‘I want to give you your locker back’ and he moved his stuff,” Cooley said.

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Safety Brandon Meriweather (right knee) and cornerback David Jones (Achilles) were limited at practice Wednesday. … Tight end Fred Davis’ surgery was performed at 12:45 p.m. by Anderson, but Shanahan said later in the afternoon that he had not yet spoken with the doctor to find out the results.