WR Pierre Garcon returned to the practice field for the first time in six weeks today. He was joined by S Brandon Meriweather, who is still waiting to make his season debut, and LT Jammal Brown.
Although Garcon practiced, he admitted he is still playing with some pain, but desperately wants to play and avoid what would be season ending surgery. Garcon has missed 6 of the Redskin 9 games, but was really only effective in the season opener, in which he caught 4 passes for 109 yards, including his first catch that went 88 yards for a TD. It was also that pass that injured Garcon's toe.
The prognosis from Garcon himself is not too inspiring.
“I might have to deal with it the rest of my life. It’s a pain every time walking, running, cutting. It’s a pain all the time,” Garcon said.
It’s also possibly that Garcon could be shut down for the season and undergo surgery if he does not improve. He said he hopes that isn’t the case.
“I never really want to get surgery unless it’s a must, but if I have a chance to play without surgery, I’ll definitely do that,” Garcon said. “The surgery’s not guaranteed to fix it, so that’s weighing my options. I’ve never had surgery.”
Although practicing, Garcon is not a sure bet for this weeks game with the Philadelphia Eagles. Talk about bad luck with free agent signings.
As for Meriweather, he missed the first four weeks with a knee injury. Set to make his season debut in Week 5, Meriweather collided in pre-game warm ups with WR Aldrick Robinson, reinjuring his knee. The Redskins are hopeful that Meriwweather will make his season debut this week. He would be a welcome dose of talent in a secondary that has been victimized weekly. Meriweather confirmed that his knee felt good after practice today.
OT Jammal Brown would also be a welcome addition back to the starting lineup. Brown as a long term hip injury that forced him to have surgery earlier in the season. He was replaced by Tyler Polumbus, who has struggled the past three weeks. The same question that surrounded Brown in the pre-season surrounds him presently. Is he healthy enough to be effective? Brown is on the physically unable to perform list and will not be back this week against the Eagles. Brown will not be eligible until November 27.
Further injury updated will come on Wednesday.