Redskins receiver Pierre Garcon might not be 100 percent — and it might not matter. The Redskins say he could still help them, as long as he can withstand the pain of his right foot/toe.
Garcon was limited in practice and coach Mike Shanahan said he has made progress.
“He doesn’t have to be 100 percent to play,” Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said. “He came in and still did some things in those games that he played that did help. We definitely wanted to get him to 100 percent. Now we’re not sure he’ll ever get there and we’d rather have him out there than not have him at all. He can help regardless of what he is.”
Garcon has Plantar’s plate underneath the second toe on his right foot. He said he first hurt it in the preseason and then it knocked him out of the season opener vs. New Orleans — after he caught an 88-yard touchdown pass. Garcon has played in two other games, but he’s missed the past four.
“I’m not sure how many guys this time of year are 100 percent,” Mike Shanahan said. “Everyone’s banged up and you fight through it. Pierre’s one of those guys; he’s just been out for a while.”
Meanwhile, right tackle Jammal Brown missed practice because of a sore hip, putting his comeback in jeopardy. Shanahan said Brown did not see a doctor Thursday, nor was he sure if he needed an MRI. But Shanahan said they’d know more in the next 24 hours, presumably after they see if the soreness subsides by the morning.
“Obviously it’s a setback because he couldn’t practice,” Shanahan said. “It was quite sore this morning. We didn’t know it would be that way. We’ll find out shortly how big a setback it is.”
Shanahan said it was fair to say that the Redskins are hoping, but not expecting, to have Brown return this season.
Safety Brandon Meriweather was limited in practice, but Shanahan said he was feeling better about his chances to play vs. Philadelphia on Sunday.
“[Wednesday] it was a little sore, but he pushed through it and he had a good practice today,” Shanahan said. “I’m hoping there’s no setback [Friday].”