Redskins' Fletcher, Williams still not practicing

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Both seem likely to play against Giants

Redskins left tackle Trent Williams and linebacker London Fletcher did not practice Wednesday, but the Redskins remain optimistic that both will play Monday vs. New York. Williams said Monday he would play.

Receiver Pierre Garcon was able to participate in most of practice. But he admitted the plantar plate in his right foot remains sore. Still, he's optimistic.

"I think I'm going to make it through the whole season," he said. "I've been dealing with the pain for so long I'm used to it."

Notes » Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said the decision to leave Jammal Brown on the physically unable to perform/reserve list was an easy one. Brown simply was unable to play because of issues with both of his hips. Brown has dealt with hip issues since surgery to repair a torn labrum in 2009. He hurt his hip again the day before camp was to begin and needed surgery Aug. 23.

But he was optimistic until he had more issues upon his return in mid-November. He last practiced Nov. 14.

Brown's future in Washington is in jeopardy -- it's tough to imagine him returning after so many issues.

"It's hard to say now," Shanahan said. "But obviously it's not a good sign when he's working pretty hard and all of a sudden it acts up. We'll give it some time, and we probably won't let you know for a while." ...

Shanahan said last week that he would review punt returner Brandon Banks' decision to backpedal 15 yards and return a punt from his own end zone.

"Obviously he made a bad decision," Shanahan said. "My wife told me that wasn't a good decision. Brandon knows it was a poor decision. You just can't make those mistakes. If you make too many of them, you're not returning punts or kickoffs anymore."

jkeim@washingtonexaminer.com

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