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Touchdown eases Garçon's pain

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Touchdown eases Garçon's pain

When the Redskins arrived at Cowboys Stadium last Thursday, Coach Mike Shanahan wasn't sure Pierre Garçon’s injured foot was going to allow the team's No. 1 wide receiver to perform on the artificial turf.

Shanahan's concerns, however, disappeared after Garçon’s acrobatic, 59-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter of the team’s 38-31 victory.

“I wasn’t sure if he was going to play,” Shanahan said Monday. “You were always hoping there was no setback once he gets on the turf. But I’m not surprised by how well he played because at full speed – you can see on that one catch – people just don’t make that very often. And for him to keep his feet and outrun some fast guys was quite impressive.”

The touchdown was Garçon’s second of the season and first since he suffered a plantar plate tear in his right foot early in the team's season opener.

Since then the Saints game, Garçon has been in and out of the lineup because of the injury. But his standout effort on Thanksgiving – he hauled in five passes for 93 yards – has given the 26-year-old hope that he’ll be able to continue to contribute down the stretch, despite playing at less than 100-percent.

“When you perform well on an injured foot, it makes the injury a little better, not totally go away,” Garçon said. “It’s still a long ways away. There’s still a lot of treatment, a lot of things that need to be looked at. But it’s coming along. It just makes you feel a little bit better.”

Garçon has played in two consecutive games after missing four straight because of the injury. He said he’s been able to return to the lineup, in part, because he now knows what to do (and what not to do) during the practice week.

"You don’t want to take too many reps throughout the week," Garçon said. "Don’t want to bang it up too much. Don’t want to do anything crazy. I just want to continue to get the work in but not have any setbacks.”

Shanahan said it's been a learning process for the coaching staff, too.

“The main thing is he's feeling good about where he's at and what he has to do,” Shanahan said. “We are not going to overwork him, but we are going to give him enough reps where he can be effective just like he was Thursday. Hopefully he keeps on playing at that level.”

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DeSean Jackson planning protest of police violence with custom cleats against Browns

DeSean Jackson planning protest of police violence with custom cleats against Browns

Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson was one of the four players to raise his fist during the national anthem last weekend  as a form of protest in solidarity with 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick,

But Jackson plans to continue his protest this weekend, making a fashion statement in the process.

The speedster has a pair of custom cleats referencing the string of incidents involving police violence.

TMZ spoke to Jackson and it appears he is planning to wear the cleats in pregame warm-ups and potentially on the field during the Redskins' Week 4 home game against the Browns, the latter of which could earn him a fine from the NFL offices.

Jackson spoke to TMZ about his message:

"Senseless killings have been ongoing for awhile and police brutality in our black community ... and as a young black leader with a stage and platform I'm starting awareness to help prevent these killings, and hopefully get justice to these cops who have taken lives of innocent human beings."

Jackson says he doesn't just want justice, but also "a change with the decision making on these cop killings."

"I am also coming up with a master plan to start a movement" with the intention of making a real impact.

What that movement is, we don't know yet, but as of now it starts on Sunday. 

MORE REDSKINS: 5 things to know before Redskins-Browns

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Redskins vs Browns Preview: 5 things to know as Washington looks to get even

Redskins vs Browns Preview: 5 things to know as Washington looks to get even

The Redskins take on the Browns Sunday at 1 p.m., but full coverage begins on CSN at noon. Can Washington climb back to an even record after a poor start? Weather at FedEx Field calls for overcast skies and the possibility of rain remains after a wet week in the DMV. Here is everything you need to know for the matchup:

  1. Time is now - For three weeks the Redskins have moved the ball well, until they get in the Red Zone. Looking at the numbers, there is little reason for the hiccups inside the 20. Kirk Cousins is the second leading passer in the NFL, and last season the Redskins offense proved they can be a scoring force. Eventually, the red zone levee will break, and odds are this will be the week. Cleveland's defense gave up 30 points to a middling Miami offense last week, and gave up 25 and 29 points in Weeks 1 and 2. 
  2. Don't get confused - Much will be made of Terrelle Pryor's standout effort in a Week 3 loss to Miami. The Cleveland receiver and occasional QB had an impressive day, totalling 200 yards and a touchdown. But Pryor should not be the focus of the Redskins defense. That needs to be locked in on stopping Browns RB Isaiah Crowell, the NFL's second-leading rusher. Crowell is averaging more than 6 yards-per-carry, and Washington's defense has been gashed on the ground this year. The key to beating Cleveland comes in stopping the run. 
  3. More, more, more - Running, that is. Matt Jones got 17 carries against the Giants and ran the Redskins to the game-winning field goal late in the game. Offensive coordinator Sean McVay on Jones late success in New York: "We got a few more opportunities and when they presented themselves in that crunch-time situation I thought he ran his best. A bigger, physical back – I thought that he got better as the game progressed and that’s what you want to see from him." More carries from Jones, especially late in the game, will mean good news for the 'Skins.
  4. 3-headed monster - Coming into the season, the Redskins plan on defense was to have Junior Galette, Ryan Kerrigan and Preston Smith attack quarterbacks off the edge of their defense. That plan came to a crashing halt when Galette blew out his Achilles. Surprisingly, Trent Murphy is succesfully stepping into Galette's role, leading the team with three sacks in three games. While Joe Barry's unit could use more from Smith, Murphy's results are encouraging, and this could be the week all three outside linebackers get going against a rookie QB in Cody Kessler.
  5. Stay special - In last week's win in New York, the Redskins special teams shined. Punt returner Jamison Crowder busted a long return and Tress Way completed a long pass to Quinton Dunbar on a well-timed but gutsy fake punt call. Oh yeah - Dustin Hopkins made all five of his field goal attempts and was named Special Teams Player of the Week and Month. It wasn't all smiles on specials, as the 'Skins had an early fumble on a return and a blocked punt called back late in the game. But if Washington's special teams can continue to deliver big plays, that could be a big boost for the team. And don't forget Rashad Ross will be back returning kicks this week.

Numbers & Notes

  • The Redskins have forced 27 fumbles since the start of the 2015 season, most in the NFL. The Redskins also lead the league with 18 fumble recoveries in that span.
  • Jamison Crowder already has two receiving TDs this year. His next will be a career high, after just two TDs as a rookie.
  • Jordan Reed needs two catches to get to 200 career receptions.
  • If Trent Murphy can force a fumble against Cleveland, he would become the first member of the Redskins to force a fumble in three consecutive games since LaVar Arrington in 2003.

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