Pierre Garçon expects to suit up against the Cowboys, despite a lingering foot injury that limited his effectiveness in the Redskins’ victory over the Eagles on Sunday.
“I can’t say I was close to where I want to be,” Garçon said in a conference call with reporters on Monday. “I just have to keep pushing, keep going with it and move forward.”
Garçon, playing for the first time since Oct. 7 because of a plantar plate tear in his right foot, lined up for 21 of the offense’s 53 snaps in Washington’s 31-6 win at FedEx Field. He caught three passes – one for seven yards and two for minus-1.
“I didn’t do anything spectacular or crazy, but I helped out, blocked, caught a couple of screen passes,” Garçon said. “I did everything they asked me to do.”
After contemplating surgery in recent weeks, Garçon has decided to play through the pain and contribute in whatever way he can, no matter how small.
“Hopefully what I did [Sunday] is not what I do for the rest of the season,” Garçon said. “The foot is going to get better over time. Every day it is getting better. Hopefully, it will continue to get better [so] I can help out more.”
Coach Mike Shanahan said he was pleased with Garçon’s effort, all things considered. But he also said he’s concerned about his No. 1 wide receiver playing on the artificial turf at Cowboys Stadium.
“I was impressed with how he ran the routes in comparison to how he looked when he came back from New Orleans,” Shanahan said, referring to the first time Garçon returned from the injury. “That was encouraging. The thing you don’t know is how he’ll play on the turf. We’ll take him out there before the game and hopefully the pain is not that great and he can go out there and help us win.”
After days of speculation if Bryan Stork would actually end up in Washington, the former Patriots center clarified his next move via Twitter.
Redskins GM Scot McCloughan traded for Stork earlier this week after it became apparent New England intended to release the 2014 draft pick out of Florida State. It was unclear, however, if Stork would accept the trade to the 'Skins as he mulled retirement options.
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Stork has dealt with a number of concussions in his two-year NFL career. After playing in a Super Bowl as a rookie, his 2015 season was limited by head injuries.
Coming to the Redskins, Stork may have an opportunity to compete for playing time. Kory Lichtensteiger is installed as the starting center, but he struggled in the third preseason game against the Bills and was lost for much of the 2015 season to injury.
McCloughan has openly said he wants big, tough guys up front on the offensive line. Stork - at 6-foot-4 and 310 lbs. - with a documented nasty streak definitely fits that bill.
Whether or not Stork pushes Lichtensteiger for the starting spot - or even competes for the No. 2 center job with Spencer Long - the price for Stork is tough to argue. McCloughan gave up just a conditional seventh round pick to acquire the former New England starter.
The Redskins have started the process of trimming their roster to 75 players by the Tuesday deadline. The team announced that 10 players have been waived.
- T Al Bond
- T Cody Booth
- LB Shiro Davis
- LB Ejiro Ederaine
- CB Jeremy Harris
- LB Willie Jefferson
- WR Valdez Showers
- WR Dez Stewart
- WR Jarvis Turner
- RB Kelsey Young
The only surprise on the list is Jefferson, who was thought to have a chance at an outside linebacker spot. But apparently the coaches are going to let Houston Bates and Lynden Trail compete for that spot.
The Redskins had 88 players counting against the 90 player limit. So with the 10 players cut today they are a 78, leaving three moves to make before 4 p.m. on Tuesday.
The Redskins received "good news" after linebacker Ryan Kerrigan underwent an MRI Saturday to further diagnose a groin injury he suffered in Friday night's preseason victory over the Buffalo Bills, according to multiple reports.
Kerrigan was injured in the first quarter on Friday and he was held out for the remainder of the contest. CSN Insider JP Finlay said the injury was thought to be "minor" after the game.
The injury, regardless of the timetable for his return, exposes a larger issue about the lack of depth in Washington's linebacking corps. Finlay expands on that here.
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