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Meriweather hopes to play vs. Bengals

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Meriweather hopes to play vs. Bengals

Redskins strong safety Brandon Meriweather said he hopes to return from a sprained left knee in time for Sundays game against the Bengals.

Meriweather injured the medial collateral and posterior crucial ligaments during a practice session Sept. 3. The original diagnosis provided by Coach Mike Shanahan was that the veteran would miss 2-4 weeks.

Im going to try, Meriweather said when asked about playing Sunday. Everyday Im getting better. Im working hard to get back and help my team.

On Sunday, Meriweather did plenty of running, including drills that required him to sprint, backpedal and cut side-to-side, during the Redskins pregame at Edward Jones Dome.

You cant put a percentage on it, he added. One thing could feel 100-percent, while another thing could feel 20. So what would I say, Im 80? But Im better than I was last week.

Meriweather said he is unsure when hell be cleared to participate fully in practice. Should Meriweather not practice at all this week, it would seem more likely that hell return in Tampa Bay.

If it was up to me, I would have been back last week, Meriweather said. Its all up to trainers.

If Meriweather is unable to suit up Sunday, the Redskins could find themselves without four starters. Linebacker Brian Orakpo (shoulder), defensive end Adam Carriker (right leg) and cornerback Josh Wilson (concussion) are all ailing after suffering injuries in St. Louis.

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Pierre Garcon was fantastic vs. the Rams, but don't lament his departure just yet

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Pierre Garcon was fantastic vs. the Rams, but don't lament his departure just yet

Thursday night's Rams-49ers game was surprisingly fun. It was also unofficially the Check Out All These Ex-Redskins Now Playing or Working in California Bowl.

Sean McVay and Kyle Shanahan, two former Washington offensive coordinators, are now in charge of the two teams. Old 'Skins like Aldrick Robinson, Derek Carrier and John Sullivan, meanwhile, were a part of the on-field action.

It was Pierre Garçon, though, who pushed Burgundy and Gold fans to take their phones out of their pocket and pen sad tweets. That's because the 31-year-old wideout caught seven Brian Hoyer passes (that's impressive on its own, by the way) for 142 yards vs. Los Angeles on Thursday Night Football.

And while his team lost 41-39, Garçon didn't deserve to with plays like this:

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Even with that standout performance, however, Redskins fans shouldn't be cursing the franchise for letting Garçon go. Not yet, anyway.

This past march, the veteran left D.C. after five seasons to sign with San Fran. His deal was a rich one: five years for $47.5 million ($17 million guaranteed at signing). The Niners can get out of it after two years, but it still is a sizable contract even with that potential exit.

That kind of money is the first thing those who miss Garçon should think about. Now, the Redskins didn't exactly handle their negotiations with him that smoothly, but in the end, unless he gave Washington a nice discount, he just would've cost a lot to keep.

Secondly, it's easy to slam the 'Skins for losing Garçon while Kirk Cousins and Co. have stalled through two games in 2017. But the reason that's happening thus far has more to do with Cousins' inaccuracy in Weeks 1 and 2 and an offensive line that's not at the level it should be than with that familiar No. 88 not lining up outside anymore.

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Would Garçon have made a difference for the Redskins against the Eagles and Rams if he were still here? Yeah, probably. But when Jay Gruden's unit starts operating at its normal speed and precision — and it will — the upset voices lamenting Garçon's departure will get quieter.

This is nothing against the guy who was the NFL's 2013 receptions leader and who's well on his way to another productive campaign. It's just that it feels premature to make the connection that allowing him to move on is what's ailing the Washington offense, or that it was a disastrous decision. 

Give Garçon's far cheaper replacements (Terrelle Pryor and Josh Doctson) more time. Wait for the quarterback and his linemen to sync up again. In a league with just 16 games, that's very hard to do, but let's see if those in the area long for Garçon in December as much as they are currently longing for him in September.

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Jimmy Fallon pokes fun at Redskins players with Tonight Show Superlatives

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Jimmy Fallon pokes fun at Redskins players with Tonight Show Superlatives

One of the best parts of football season being back is The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon's NFL Superlatives.

When there is a primetime game on NBC, Fallon takes a look at those two teams' rosters and pokes some fun at particular players. 

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This week's matchup? Raiders vs. Redskins. Fallon, per usual, did not disappoint.

OT Ty Nsekhe, DE Matt Loannidis, QB Colt McCoy, OL Tyler Catalina and OT Morgan Moses are handed superlatives for the Redskins.

On the Raiders, QB Derek Carr and OT Donald Penn receive shoutouts.

It's going to be a tough matchup for the Redskins, but for now just enjoy a good laugh.