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Garçon confirms diagnosis of plantar plate tear


Garçon confirms diagnosis of plantar plate tear

Pierre Garçon confirmed that he has been diagnosed with a plantar plate tear on the bottom of his right foot, near his second toe.

The diagnosis was made Wednesday in Charlotte, N.C., by prominent foot and ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson. Garçon said the diagnosis is what the Redskins feared all along.

“There’s no real timetable or specific treatment to get it healed,” said Garçon, the team’s No. 1 wide receiver.

Surgery is an option, Garçon said, but that would likely end his season. So he intends to try a combination of medication, rest and treatment in an attempt to get back on the field.

“We don’t really want to think about that at all,” added Garçon, who said he has not had any surgeries previously and wants to “keep my streak alive.”  

Garçon first felt a twinge on the bottom of his foot during the preseason but continued to play on it, believing it was not serious. But he felt a “pop” while sprinting during the season-opener in New Orleans.

Since that game, Garçon has missed four of six contests because of the injury.

The 26-year-old also said he can play through the painful injury, but that it seriously limits his effectiveness. Garçon also said there is a torn ligament in the affected area.

“I can play with it, but I can’t really run full speed,” he said. “I can’t really explode, be as fast as [normal]. It’s that painful.”

“I was out there already,” Garcon said of returning against the Buccaneers and Falcons. “I can keep going, keep trying. But I’m out there to make plays, not to just distract [defenses]. If coach wants me to go out there, I’m more than willing to do it.”

If the foot does not improve in the coming weeks, Garçon hinted that he and the team will discuss the possibility of surgery, saying, “We’ll keep trying it until Coach makes a decision, or we all make a group decision.”

Until then, Garçon said, he’ll wake up each morning and attempt to push off. If the foot feels better, he might even cautiously attempt to practice.

“The doctor said injury can’t get worse, but it can feel worse,” he said. The toe “can get dislocated [or cause] another injury because of overcompensating for it.” 

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Goal to go situations another problem area for Redskins' defense

Goal to go situations another problem area for Redskins' defense

In the third quarter of the Redskins’ Week 3 game against the Giants, New York drove to a first and goal at the Washington 10. A Trent Murphy sack and two incompletions later, Josh Brown came in and kicked a field goal.

Since then, opponents have had goal to go situations 12 times. They have scored touchdowns on every one of them.

The stop against the Giants was one of just two all year. They had one against the Cowboys in Week 2. Their opponents’ goal to go success rate is 90.5 percent. That’s the second worst in the NFL.

The failures have been costly. On Sunday, the Cardinals recovered a Kirk Cousins fumble and returned it to the Washington 10. The Redskins led 13-10 at the time and coming out of that situation with the game tied would have been large. But on third and goal at the six Carson Palmer hit Michael Floyd with a touchdown pass and the Cardinals had both the lead and the momentum.

Opponents usually haven’t had to work that hard. Teams have run 21 plays in goal to go and they have 10 touchdowns.

On Thanksgiving Day, the Cowboys got to goal to go three times. A stop on any one of them would have been a boost to the Redskins and would have changed the dynamic of the game. But Dallas was three for three.

The goal to go problems are a subset of the Redskins’ problems with red zone defense in general. Opponents have scored touchdowns on 27 of 40 red zone trips, a 67.5 percent success rate that puts the Redskins 30th in the NFL.  

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NFC East Update - Where everybody is losing except the Cowboys

NFC East Update - Where everybody is losing except the Cowboys

The NFC East was a beast for a while, but in recent weeks, the division is fading. All the teams outside of Dallas lost this weekend, and losing streaks are popping up throughout the I-95 Corridor. Here's the NFC East update:

  1. The Minnesota Vikings gave the Dallas Cowboys all they could handle last Thursday night, and yet, the Cowboys won 17-15. Dak Prescott was not impressive in Minneapolis, but Ezekiel Elliott was and the Cowboys defense did just enough to slow the Vikings terrible offense. At 11-1, Dallas has clinched a playoff berth, and with a date in New York this Sunday night, Jerry Jones' crew has a chance to avenge their only loss of the year, which came in Week 1 to the Giants.
  2. It seemed expectations met reality for the New York Giants last Sunday in Pittsburgh. Ben McAdoo's team had won six games in a row, but largely, faced poor competition. In their first tough test since the leaves started falling, Eli Manning's offense could not get going and the Giants fell to 8-4, still in possession of the first NFC Wild Card spot. Even on their win streak, the Giants didn't pass many eye tests. Beat Dallas on Sunday night and all that changes.
  3. Two weeks ago the Washington Redskins were one of the hottest teams in the NFL. Winners of two straight and with a surging Kirk Cousins, the Redskins marched to Dallas on Thanksgiving and gave the Cowboys a real test. Despite the loss, Washington still held its spot with the second NFC Wild Card. After a deflating loss in Arizona, now the 'Skins are on the outside looking in of the playoffs. Good news for Jay Gruden and company: The team can get right back in the thick of things this week in Philly, and the remaining four-game schedule looks advantageous. 
  4. While the Redskins have lost two in a row and are in danger of falling out of the playoff race, the Philadelphia Eagles have lost three in a row and look to be falling apart. Rookie QB Carson Wentz is devoid of offensive weapons to work with and the Eagles have been outscored 85-42 in their last three games. Philly can get their first NFC East win this week with the 'Skins visiting, but it will take a different effort than they've shown in the last month.

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