1. Receiver Pierre Garcon did not practice because of the bruised right foot suffered in Sunday’s win over New Orleans. Garcon said he felt fine and when asked if he was optimistic about playing at St. Louis, he said, “Always.”
Garcon only played eight snaps vs. the Saints, but caught four passes for 109 yards and a touchdown. Coach Mike Shanahan said he wasn’t sure yet what Garcon would be able to do Sunday.
Meanwhile, backup nose tackle Chris Baker (ankle) practiced Wednesday and should be fine for Sunday.
2. Shanahan admitted there was a slight risk using long snapper Nick Sundberg on the injured reserve/designated to return list. Teams can only apply that tag to one player – and the player can’t return for eight weeks. Shanahan said he went back and looked at the last two years and said, “There wasn’t one person who fit in that window.”
3. St. Louis coach Jeff Fisher, a good friend of Mike Shanahan’s, said their offseason trade didn’t occur because of their relationship. Two future first-round picks and a second-rounder were enough to get him to swap this past year’s first rounders, allowing the Redskins to draft Robert Griffin III.
“There’s a personal side to the relationship and there’s a business side,” Fisher said. “This was a business deal we thought was in the best interest of both clubs.”
4. DeAngelo Hall on his first sack: “I see why some d-linemen and outside linebackers get so hyped. That’s an adrenaline rush. Not as exciting as a pick, but pretty nice.”
5. Here’s why the Redskins used Ryan Kerrigan so often on the right side Sunday: They thought his ability to bull rush and also get wide with his rip move was the best way to counter left tackle Jermon Bushrod’s athleticism.
“It worked out,” Kerrigan said.
6. Also, on Kerrigan’s near interception of quarterback Drew Brees, his job on the play is to rush unless he sees running back Darren Sproles take off on a route. That’s why Kerrigan took two steps up and then peeled back into coverage. It certainly seemed to confuse Brees, who threw right to Kerrigan.
“They run that wide route very effectively,” Kerrigan said. “Once you get Sproles in space it’s tough for a second-level linebacker to make that cover. We try to help them out.”
7. Running back Alfred Morris made it clear that he likes contact – and lots of carries. So 28 carries in one game wasn’t a big deal. “I can take a workload,” he said. “They could have gave me 30 more and I would have been fine.” Meanwhile, he said he was disappointed the Saints didn’t blitz him more. “That was unfortunate because I was looking forward to contact.”
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