Coach Mike Shanahan did not provide much in the way of updates on injured wide receiver Pierre Garçon and linebacker London Fletcher.
Garçon missed a fourth game – and second in a row – because of a foot injury. On Sunday, USA Today reported that Garçon, in fact, has a torn tendon in his foot and could miss the next two weeks. Shanahan said last week that Garçon's injury was an inflamed capsule underneath the second toe on his right foot.
Asked about the report, Shanahan said: “It’s the same thing. Same thing as it has been. No change.”
“I keep on saying that we’re going to evaluate him,” the coach added. “He wasn’t good enough to play, and if you’re not good enough to play, that means there’s a lot of pain in there.”
Garçon traveled with the team to East Rutherford on Sunday but did not work out on the field prior to the game with fellow injured players David Jones (Achilles’ tendon) and Brandon Meriweather (knee).
“I won’t know anything until Wednesday because we’re not pushing him,” Shanahan said. “He’s not running any routes, he’s not working out. He’s getting treatment. We’re hoping that by staying off it for a week that it’s much improved.”
Fletcher, meantime, is undergoing treatment on the right hamstring he strained while covering a Giants’ receiver early in the fourth quarter. The defensive captain did not return to the game and afterward said it's too early to know whether he'll be able to suit up Sunday in Pittsburgh.
“It’s a strained hamstring,” Shanahan said. “You don’t know with those hamstrings until someone starts working out. He’s getting treatment. We’ll find out more on Wednesday.”
Fletcher leads the team in tackles with 60.
The Redskins are reported to have a new quarterbacks coach. Normally that is not news that moves the needle much but if the report proves to be accurate the move has some big implications for the Redskins coaching staff.
First, about the coach. Kevin O’Connell was most recently an offensive assistant with the 49ers. Prior to that he was a quarterback who spent time with the Patriots, who drafted him out of San Diego State in the third round in 2008, Lions, Jets, Dolphins, and Chargers. He only saw the field the Patriots and he attempted just six passes. His addition as the Redskins’ quarterbacks coach was reported by Fox Sports.
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The thing is, the Redskins don’t officially have an opening for a quarterbacks coach. The job is held by Matt Cavanaugh. However, the Redskins do need an offensive coordinator since Sean McVay left last week to become the head coach of the Rams. Moving Cavanaugh, who played quarterback in the NFL for 13 seasons before starting a 23-year career in coaching, to offensive coordinator, seems to be the logical move to make to many.
If O’Connell’s addition to the staff does indeed become a reality, that would all but confirm that Cavanaugh is getting the promotion. Nothing is official until it’s official but this seems to be the way things are heading.
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According to a report from Ben Standig of Breaking Burgundy, Redskins running back Rob Kelley has undergone a knee procedure already this off-season.
Kelley has reportedly already resumed walking following the minor procedure.
The injury, which occured in a Week 16 matchup against Chicago, is not expected to impact Kelley into the 2017 season.
Kelley came out of nowhere an impressed in the pre-season and took over the starting job from Matt Jones in Week 9.
Stay tuned for more updates on Kelley.
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