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Redskins notebook: injury update, transactions

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Redskins Confidential,Sports,John Keim

…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 that he would play.

Receiver Pierre Garcon was able to participate in most of practice. But he admitted the plantar’s plate in his right foot remains sore. Yet 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.”

…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 on Aug. 23.

But he was optimistic until having more issues upon his return in mid-November. He last practiced on 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.”

…The Redskins claimed linebacker Bryan Kehl off waivers Wednesday and also lost out on defensive end Jason Babin. They put in a claim for the former Eagles pass rusher, but so did Jacksonville and it had a worse record and thereby won his rights. Babin had spent more time as a 4-3 end and likely would have been a situational rusher in Washington. Babin is not considered good vs. the run or in coverage, especially in a 3-4. However, the Redskins’ nickel packages resemble a 4-3 front and they could have used him in that situation.

As for Kehl, the Redskins cut him in September and he was later picked up by Kansas City. The Chiefs waived him Tuesday. He’ll help Washington’s special teams and he can fill in at inside linebacker. Keenan Robinson and Lorenzo Alexander both have been playing a lot more of late with Fletcher ailing. Without Robinson, who is out for the season with a torn pectoral muscle, Alexander likely would rush less and cover more. Robinson was good in coverage.

The Redskins cut linebacker Mario Addison to make room for Kehl.

Robert Griffin III on if he can tell what Monday’s game means to the veteran players who haven’t played a meaningful December game since 2008:

“You can definitely sense it. Late in the game against the Cowboys, [linebacker] London [Fletcher] came up and talked to me during the game, which he usually never talks to me during the game. I think he’s in his own world as well. You can feel the excitement they have about what we have brewing here. You want to do it for them. When I was in college, I wanted to do it for the seniors when I was a freshman and now that I’m a rookie, you want to do it for those vets.”

 

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