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Garçon practices, status for Sunday unclear

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Garçon practices, status for Sunday unclear

Pierre Garçon joined his teammates on the practice field Monday after more than three weeks of resting his ailing right foot. But there’s still no precise timetable for the wide receiver’s return, Coach Mike Shanahan said.

“I’m just hoping there’s no setback,” Shanahan said after his team's first practice following the bye week. “I know it’s painful for him, but he wanted to work through it today. We’ll find out over the next few days exactly where he’s at.”

Garçon was limited in practice, Shanahan said.

“It’s not 100-percent, but when I’m out there, I’m just going all out and giving it everything I got. I did as much as I can. I’m still feeling a little bit of pain. But I’m out there, so no excuses.”

Asked if he can play Sunday against the Eagles, Garçon said: “It’s up to Coach. I can’t say if I’m going to play or not. Coach has to evaluate and see how he feels and move on from there.”

He continued: “It’s a pain [all the] time, walking, running, cutting, it’s a pain all the time.”

Garçon was diagnosed with a plantar plate tear on Oct. 24 during a visit with noted foot and ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, N.C. The 26-year-old originally injured himself in the season opener while sprinting 88 yards for a touchdown.

Since the diagnosis, Garçon has largely rested the foot in the hopes of avoiding surgery. While season-ending surgery remains a possibility, it appears he’s going to give it another try before opting to go that route.

“If I have a chance to play without surgery, I’ll definitely do that,” Garçon said. “And surgery is not guaranteed to fix it. So that’s another thing.”

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Redskins' Josh Norman elected alternate NFLPA rep weeks after criticizing union

Redskins' Josh Norman elected alternate NFLPA rep weeks after criticizing union

NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith made a visit to Redskins Park today, and the team elected their union representatives.

Kedric Golston will serve another year as the team's liason to the union. Three alternates were elected as well: Kirk Cousins (an alternate last season), Will Compton and, surprisingly, Josh Norman. 

Norman was critical of Smith and the union in an ESPN piece in August. "[The NFL] is a dictatorship, and [NFLPA director] DeMaurice [Smith] is in cahoots with those guys," he claimed. 

The cornerback's election today marks what would appear to be a turn of events. 

"We always love to have veteran leadership as player representatives, and this team is no different with Kirk and Kedric returning," Smith told CSN Mid-Atlantic. "As for Josh, we love players who are both smart and passionate, and he, as well as the other players, fit that bill."

MORE REDSKINS: Cravens declared NFL Clutch Performer of the Week

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Josh Norman fined for rough play against Giants

Josh Norman fined for rough play against Giants

Nearly a week after the Redskins win over the Giants, news broke that Washington CB Josh Norman has been fined for roughness in the New York victory.

UPDATE: Per ProFootballTalk, the fine was for a fourth quarter hit on Sterling Shepard and being a repeat offender.

For much of the Redskins-Giants game, Norman covered Odell Beckham almost exclusively. Not many moments stand out for being particularly physical save for a play early in the game when Beckham jumped in the end zone. The motion took him above Norman, but rather than letting Beckham come down to the ground, the corner grabbed and carried the receiver for a few yards.

Norman was flagged for roughness on a hit against Giants receiver Sterling Shepard. It's likely that hit triggered the fine. It's also worth pointing out that referees gave Norman a specific warning before the game about rough play, so it's possible being flagged for roughness despite the warning made an impact in the league offices as well. 

There is one other physical moment that stands out from the Giants/Redskins matchup - when Beckham violently swung his helmet at the Giants' kicking net. Beckham got the worst of the altercation though as the net flew back at him and socked him in the face.

Expect many questions about the fine to come.