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Garçon says surgery is an option


Garçon says surgery is an option

Pierre Garçon might attempt to play through the foot injury that’s dogged him since the season opener. The Redskins’ No. 1 wide receiver also might opt for season-ending surgery.

We may know the answer soon after bye.

“I’m going to try [to practice] after the bye and see how it feels,” Garçon said before the majority of the Redskins scattered across the country for a five-day break. “Just trying get as much pain out of it as we can.”

Garçon hasn’t played since Oct. 7 because of the plantar plate tear in his right foot he suffered in New Orleans. The team’s prized free agent acquisition hasn’t attempted to practice in more than two weeks because doctors have advised him to rest.

“It’s getting better,” Garçon said. “I’m trying to put more force on it. I have orthotics in my shoes. [But] it’s still not where it needs to be.”

The longer Garçon sits out, though, the more realistic the spector of season-ending surgery becomes. That decision figures to be accelerated if the team’s skid continues after the bye.

“As every season goes on, you think about [missing] one more game,” Garçon said. “We’re trying to avoid [surgery] at all possible costs. But at some time, you have to be realistic and just have it and hopefully it’s a successful surgery and recover from it.”

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Josh Norman on increased attention: When you get a deal like that, everything’s magnified

Josh Norman on increased attention: When you get a deal like that, everything’s magnified

ASHBURN - Things turned upside down for Josh Norman this summer, and as the coverage surrounding his every word increases, the new Redskins cornerback knows what to expect. The latest batch of bulletin board material came from an ESPN the Magazine article in which Norman proclaimed, among other things, that he's the best corner in the league. Asked about those comments on Tuesday, Norman did not want to discuss it.

"I’m not about to answer any questions about it right now," Norman said in a media scrum. "I think at a later date those questions will be asked, but right now something that was done five months ago, I really don’t feel like talking about after our practice today."

Though Norman didn't comment on the specifics in the article, the conversation turned around to the new spotlight the Redskins $75 million player lives under.

"When you get a deal like that, everything comes with it," he said. "Everything’s magnified times 10."


Norman explained that for his whole career - from a late-round draft pick to a backup to an All-Pro - he always felt like he had to earn his spot, though that role has changed.

"Once I was the underdog and I had to fight my way up to the top. I had to like drive, drive, drive, drive and continue to work hard and do everything that I’ve gotten to this point. But now, I’m no longer the underdog. Now I’m no longer that person. Now I am the guy that has to take on a new face, has to take on a new mask and be somebody that is always going to be the standard."

Changing roles will not be too much for Norman to handle.

"That’s something that I haven’t experienced yet and now taking that challenge and looking at it, I want to do it in a way I want to do it and not no way nobody else wants to make me do it. I think that, in an aspect, I just have to grow in that field, which I will. Those things come and I just got to understand that, but still have that dog when you’re on the football field."

Norman said that his faith helps him handle challenges, and pushes him to get through tough times.

"I can take it. I can go and use it and use it as another tool to try to find myself as a person and as an individual player to come in and bring something different. I think if I can have that unique set of tools and skills to be able to fend off everything that people say, I can take it. I can take it and continue to be successful."

For Redskins fans, as long as Norman is successful on the field, the headlines and increased exposure will be fun distractions. 

"I can take it. I’m a big boy. I got some big shoes. We’ll be having fun with it and enjoying our teammates that’s on the team now."

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Redskins RB Matt Jones on shoulder rehab: I'm making big strides

Redskins RB Matt Jones on shoulder rehab: I'm making big strides

ASHBURN - When Matt Jones left last Friday's preseason game against the Jets with a shoulder injury, Redskins fans were near panic mode. Washington's running back unit looks quite thin behind Jones, so the consternation made sense, though nerves calmed some when the prognosis for the running back did not seem too worrisome.

On Tuesday, Jones worked off to the side at Redskins practice with other injured players, rehabbing from the sprained AC joint in his left shoulder. Interestingly, the work Jones put in with trainers seemed more focused on his legs than his shoulder, which Jones explained as a way to keep his legs strong when he's not taking reps with the first team offense. More importantly, Jones feels like his injury is moving along quickly.


"It's feeling pretty good. I'm moving fast in my healing process right now," Jones said. "I'm taking big strides."

Asked if his goal was to be back for the Redskins regular season opener against the Steelers on September 12, Jones replied "definitely."

Sitting at his locker, Jones did not have a sling holding his left arm or look to be in any noticeable discomfort. A rookie last year, Jones rushed for 490 yards on 144 attempts, good for just a 3.4 yards-per-carry average. Washington coach Jay Gruden will need more than that this fall if the team is to improve a rather dull run game last season. Jones knows the expectations are increased, and he's working hard to deliver.

"I just keep taking my practice reps like the game reps. I'm just going to keep that preparation going," he said. 

Before the injury against New York, Jones carried the ball well, running seven times for 31 yards, an average of a full yard more than last season. That's the Jones the coach wants to see, and it looks like the shoulder injury shouldn't be too much of an impediment.

"I don’t feel like it’s a setback at all," he said. "I'm actually moving, running around a little bit. It's starting to feel better and better each and every day. I'm just going day by day."



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Jay Gruden: Josh Doctson may play in Redskins' opening game

Jay Gruden: Josh Doctson may play in Redskins' opening game

The Redskins might have their top draft pick ready for Week 1.

Josh Doctson, who has been on the physically unable to perform list with an Achilles injury since the start of training camp, is making strides towards being able to practice and play, according to head coach Jay Gruden.  

“The progress that we see is a very good sign for us,” said Gruden. “I have total expectation he's going to be ready Week 1, possibly by the fourth preseason game.”

Gruden said that Doctson ran a route tree, although he did not go at full speed.

“He's not 100-percent yet, he's not running full speed but he's doing a lot more now than he did a week ago,” said Gruden.

Gruden acknowledged that there is still a great deal of uncertainty when it comes to Doctson’s status. When he was asked if there was a possibility that Doctson would remain on PUP when the season starts, a move that would sideline him for at least six weeks, Gruden hedged on his answer.

“I don’t think so,” he said. “I don’t know yet.”

The Redskins have until September 3, the day they cut the roster down to 53, to decide whether they will keep Doctson active or put him on PUP, which would make him ineligible to practice or play for six weeks.

If they do keep him active, would Doctson be able to contribute early in the season without having practiced in training camp? Gruden thinks he could.

“I think that he’s got the ability to do whatever we ask him to do,” he said. “Obviously, we wouldn’t take him in the first round if he didn’t have the skill set that we could find something for him to do somewhere on the field.”