Redskins notes: Garcon, Meriweather, Brown practice

Redskins Confidential,Sports,John Keim

1. Pierre Garcon is doing whatever he can to avoid surgery. If his foot doesn’t improve by the end of the week, however, it could become inevitable.

Garcon, who has played in only three games because of Plantar’s plate in his right foot/toe, practiced for the first time since Oct. 12. He was limited, but he wanted to test his foot.

“I’m still feeling a bit of pain, but I’m out there,” Garcon said. “I can’t tell you much of anything that’s going on. It’s not 100 percent, but when I’m out there, I’m just going all out.

“It’s a pain every time I’m walking, running, cutting. It’s a pain all the time.”

Surgery, as has been mentioned several times in the past month, is an option if it doesn’t improve.

“If I have a chance to play without surgery I’ll definitely do that,” Garcon said. “Surgery is not guaranteed to fix it. That’s another thing that’s weighing my options. … There will be pain regardless [if he plays or not]. We have to look at options every day and monitor. But I really don’t want to get surgery.

“I’ll probably have to deal with it the rest of my life.”

2. Strong safety Brandon Meriweather remains optimistic about playing vs. Philadelphia on Sunday. Meriweather has yet to play this season because of a knee injury that he suffered before the season opener and re-injured while warming up before the Sept. 30 game at Tampa Bay.

Meriweather practiced Monday.

“I’m feeling good about [playing] right now,” he said. “We’ve still got a whole week ahead of us, but after working out [Monday] I felt good.”

Meriweather, a two-time Pro Bowler on his third team in two seasons, said it’s been difficult sitting on the sidelines.

“I just want to have fun,” he said. “We want to look like we’re having fun. Once we get to having fun all aspects of the game will go up…The way I approach the game and play the game brings a little more excitement.”

3. Right tackle Jammal Brown practiced for the first time this season, but it could take another two weeks to determine if he’s ready to play or not.

Brown had spent the first nine games on the physically unable to perform list. They now have two weeks to determine if they’ll activate him, place him on injured reserve or release him.

“I’d be happy to [play] this week, but it’s not realistic,” Brown said. “We have to do it the right way. I ain’t trying to go through this again. I want to be healthy. The Redskins are trying to be cautious. I hope they don’t [get] too cautious. The season’s ending; I’m trying to get out there.”

Brown underwent surgery on Aug. 23 to repair ligament damage in his hip. In 2009 he needed surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip.

“I feel a lot looser, I can bend a lot more,” he said. “I’m eager to see after a week or so how it feels, but I feel good. It was a great day for me.”

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said, “He’s not in football shape, but he’s been working out hard. It looks like his flexibility is much improved. He looks like he’s pain-free. Hopefully in the next couple weeks he’ll be ready to go.”

4. The Redskins will prepare for both Eagles quarterbacks: Michael Vick and Nick Foles. But it sure sounds as if Vick won’t play because of a concussion suffered vs. Dallas on Sunday.

5. The Redskins coaches spent part of their bye week preparing a game plan for the Thanksgiving Day game vs. Dallas. So the bye week came at a good time for them. They also spent time reviewing their personnel, though Shanahan did not say if anything major would come of that work.

6. Receiver Santana Moss, who suffered a concussion vs. Carolina, said he’s fine. He practiced Monday.

“It wasn’t really nothing serious, thankfully,” Moss said. “I walked out of there the day of the game just like this.”



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