Wide receiver Pierre Garçon and safety Brandon Meriweather remain on track to play in Sunday’s pivotal NFC East showdown with the Eagles, Coach Mike Shanahan said Friday.
“I’m hoping,” Shanahan said. “Yeah, if there’s no setback, I’m hoping they both play. …Garçon feels good enough where I think he’ll play if there’s no setback.”
Garçon and Meriweather are officially listed as questionable.
Garçon has missed the past four games – and all but three this season – with a plantar plate tear in his right foot. Meriweather, meantime, has yet to suit up this season because of a left knee that he’s sprained twice.
“Any time you get [back] two guys like that on your football team, obviously it helps your football team and helps you win,” Shanahan said.
Listed as probable were: cornerbacks DeAngelo Hall (groin) and Josh Wilson (shoulder), wide receiver Santana Moss (concussion), punter Sav Rocca (knee), Nick Sundberg (forearm) and tackle Trent Williams (ankle).
Tackle Jammal Brown, however, did not practice for a second straight day because of soreness in his surgically repaired hip. “He’ll be evaluated next week,” Shanahan said of Brown, who has yet to play this season.
WR Josh Doctson (Achilles)—While they wanted to wait until after the bye week to make this determination they sent the top draft pick to some more specialists and the decision was made to put him on the shelf. Jay Gruden said that he could return later in the season. The earliest he could do so would be Week 15.
TE Jordan Reed (concussion)—The star tight end had symptoms after the Ravens game and it was determined that he has a concussion. This week he did get to practice on a limited basis on Wednesday but he was not on the field Thursday or Friday. This will be the second game missed for Reed.
WR DeSean Jackson (shoulder)—He did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday but he practiced on Friday and Gruden said “he ran around pretty good”. Both Jackson and Gruden seem to be confident that he will play but that remains to be seen.
Not on injury report
LB Su’a Cravens (concussion)—He entered the concussion protocol immediately after the Browns game. The rookie was a full go in practice on Thursday and Friday and Gruden said that “he’s good to go” after missing two games.
- TE Eric Ebron (ankle/knee)
- LB DeAndre Levy (knee/quad)
- DT Haloti Ngata (shoulder)
- RB Theo Riddick (ankle)
- T Corey Robinson (ankle)
- DE Ezekiel Ansah (ankle)
- G Larry Warford (groin)
- RB Dwayne Washington (ankle)
- LB Tahir Whitehead (abdomen)
When the Redskins drafted Josh Doctson No. 22 overall, the idea was the rookie receiver out of TCU would push DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon for snaps and catches. An Achilles injury limited Doctson's ability to hit the field, and now has landed the receiver on the injured reserve list.
Washington coach Jay Gruden announced the move to IR on Friday and said "It's best for him. For his state of mind it's important to get this thing fixed."
Doctson opened training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list and did not play in the preseason. He did not open the regular season on the IR, however, and played in the Redskins first two games against the Steelers and Cowboys, both losses.
From there, Doctson was inactive for four weeks before landing on the IR.
"I feel terrible for Josh," offensive coordinator Sean McVay said.
Moving Doctson to the IR had been discussed for a few weeks as his Achilles injury did not seem to improve, but Gruden and the Redskins front office wanted to wait and see if the rookie could rebound from the injury. A myriad of tests have been done on the affected area and did not reveal damage, so the cause of Doctson's pain remains unknown.
Expect much more information on Doctson and what it means for the Redskins receiving group to come.
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