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Garçon is a 'long shot' to play vs. Giants

Pierre Garçon did not practice again on Thursday, raising doubts about the wide receiver’s availability for the Redskins’ NFC East opener in New York on Sunday.

Garçon, who missed last week’s game with the right foot injury that’s dogged him all season, is also not expected to practice on Friday, Coach Mike Shanahan said.

“I’m not going to declare him out because you never know for sure,” Shanahan said. “There’s other injuries that happen and other variables that could happen. It would be a long shot unless someone went down on our football team tomorrow.”

Garçon had another pain-relieving injection on Wednesday, Shanahan said. The most recent shot, the coach added, was more localized than previous injections.

“Initially we thought it was going to be a couple of days and it would get better,” Shanahan said. “Obviously it hasn’t gotten better. It’s gotten a little bit worse.  So we’re going to give him some rest and hopefully, with a few days rest, he’ll feel better.”

Then Shanahan shrugged, underscoring the uncertainty surrounding Garçon’s injury.

“Who knows?” he added. “We’ll just wait and see.”

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Redskins announce Pepsico is new beverage and snack partner

Redskins announce Pepsico is new beverage and snack partner

Do ya like Pepsi? 

If you do then you're in for a treat the next time you head to a Redskins game at FedEx Field. The Redskins announced today that they signed a long-term agreement with Pepsico to be their exclusive beverage and snack partner. 

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In addition to the Redskins now providing Pepsi products at games, Pepsi and Tostitos will have unique Redskins packaging in the DMV area this fall. The Tostitos chips will come in "lucky" bags that were packaged while somebody played the Redskins fight song.

If Washington wins the NFC East this year then you'll surely know who you can attribute that triumph to. 

“PepsiCo is a world-class organization with a deep and unique understanding of the NFL and its fans,” said Redskins Owner Daniel Snyder. “We’re thrilled to bring PepsiCo’s wide array of popular beverage and food brands -- as well as new and engaging experiences -- to our fans.”

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Redskins 2017 training camp preview—offense

Redskins 2017 training camp preview—offense

RICHMOND—The Redskins will assemble here tomorrow to get ready to get ready for the 2017 season. There are plenty of position competitions and other storylines. Here is a look at what we at CSN will be paying attention to, starting with the offense.

Kiss Cousins goodbye?

As everyone reading this knows, the Redskins quarterback did not agree to a long-term contract by the deadline last week and he will play out the season on the franchise tag. The situation will have a major impact next spring as free agency approaches but that’s to be sorted out in 2018. The question here is whether Cousins’ contract status will affect what takes place here in Richmond and as the season unfolds starting in September.

Some believe that it will be a major storyline and that it will be a distraction with media asking lots of questions and the possibility that Cousins’ thoughts will drift towards next year and his potential free agency.

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However, Cousins was in a similar position last year, when he played on the franchise tag for the first time. There was a flurry of questions at the start of training camp, Cousins answered them, and then they moved on. The rule that prohibits contract negotiations with a tagged player during the season had its intended effect. There was no buzz about the situation until the season was over.

This year the situation is ratcheted up a bit because of the high cost of the tags available to the Redskins next year. But Cousins is very good at deflecting questions about his contract status and he should be able to handle the scrutiny.

Changes at wide receiver

No team had ever lost two 1,000-yard receivers in the same offseason until the Redskins saw both Pierre Garçon and DeSean Jackson depart as free agents in March. It means that Josh Doctson steps into a featured role and Terrelle Pryor will be expected to produce as well as he did in Cleveland last year, if not better.

The changes also mean that Jamison Crowder is likely to see more targets and holdovers Maurice Harris and Ryan Grant could see increased roles. It all will be sorted out in training camp starting on Thursday.

Further down the depth chart, can sixth-round rookie Robert Davis get up to speed soon enough to justify a roster spot? And can veteran Brian Quick rebound from some shaky offseason practices to claim a slot on the 53?

Two-back attack?

Last year Rob Kelley worked his way up from being an overlooked, undrafted free agent rookie to being the starting running back. This year, Samaje Perine comes in as a fourth-round pick with an eye on taking the job away from Kelley.

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It is likely that Kelley, who is a favorite of Jay Gruden’s, will be the Week 1 starter. Still, it would not be surprising if Perine led the team in carries and rushing yards in several games as the season unfolds, perhaps more.

Meanwhile, Mack Brown and Keith Marshall (if he can stay healthy) will compete for the fourth running back job—if the team decides to keep that many. They only kept three coming out of camp last year.

O-line stability

The same five starters will line up for the second year in a row. There’s really nothing to see here unless Arie Kouandjio can make a big push and move into Shawn Lauvao’s spot at left guard.

There is some intrigue about the backup center spot. If rookie Chase Roullier can’t get up to speed they may have to look at the waiver wire.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerCSN and follow him on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.