Redskins quick hitters: Garcon update

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Redskins Confidential,Sports,John Keim

Highlights from Mike Shanahan’s press conference:

…Coach Mike Shanahan said tight end Fred Davis ruptured his Achilles and will undergo surgery Tuesday in North Carolina. Davis faces a five-to-six month recovery period.

…Shanahan would not confirm reports that receiver Pierre Garcon tore a tendon in his right foot, causing the pain and preventing him from playing. “I keep saying we’ll evaluate him. He wasn’t good enough to play. If you’re not good enough to play, that means there’s a lot of pain in there. We’re not pushing him right now. He’s not running routes, he’s getting treatment. Hopefully by him staying off it for a week it’s much improved.”

…However, what I’ve gathered from various sources is that Garcon’s injury has not changed. There is a minor strain of the muscle in his toe and a possible minor tear; regardless, it eventually heals itself. Doctors have said rest is the best prescription.

The treatment of it has changed. That’s why Garcon will continue to do little during the week, save for catching passes in a mostly stationary position. The hope remains that he’ll be fine after the Nov. 11 bye week. But at this point no one really knows for certain.

…No word yet on linebacker London Fletcher, who had a slight hamstring pull and missed the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 27-23 loss to the Giants. They’ll know more about him Wednesday when they resume practice.

…Long snapper Nick Sundberg can start practicing Wednesday, but he can’t come off the injured reserve list until after the Nov. 11 bye week.

…Shanahan said he called tight end Chris Cooley when they landed Sunday night. He asked Cooley if he was in shape; he was told he was and so a deal was consummated. “If he says he’s in good shape, he’s in good shape,” Shanahan said. “Hopefully he can help us this week.”

…Shanahan doesn’t want to rip on players, which is understandable. But of Brandon Banks, who was not used in the triple option look Sunday, he said, “Banks usually does a good job recovering his own fumbles. … I told him once the opposition gets it, he won’t have those opportunities anymore.”

…Shanahan on Davis’ illegal motion penalty (he didn’t come to a full stop, wiping out a touchdown): “If it’s so close, we should stay there longer. But it was one of those situations that doesn’t come up very often. We probably had five similar situations like that during the game.”

…Shanahan on Tyler Polumbus’ leg whip, which wiped out a gain inside the Giants’ 15-yard line. Shanahan said his understanding is that it should be called if it interferes with the defenders ability to get to the ball. “In that case, I did not see that. I was disappointed when I did look at the film,” Shanahan said.

…Shanahan wasn’t going to be forthcoming about the 77-yard touchdown pass and if, for example safety Madieu Williams could have played it differently – was he lined up too shallow, for example.

“We did a lot of good things in that game and they come up with that big play. People will talk about that for a long time and rightfully so. We’ll get those things worked out. I won’t go through who did what on what play, especially on a play like that.”

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