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Pierre Garçon misses practice

Three days after missing a third game this season with a sore foot, wide receiver Pierre Garçon sat out of practice Wednesday in the hopes that an extended period of rest will help him recover.

“That’s the plan,” Garçon said. “Hopefully, enough rest will get me back out there.” 

Garçon said his foot is feeling better, but acknowledged that he can’t provide an accurate assessment until he attempts to practice again. And, right now, he doesn’t know when that will be. 

“It’s not the same when you try to put your whole body weight on it and it’s not ready yet,” he said.

Asked if he’ll attempt to practice Thursday, the team’s No. 1 wide receiver added: “I feel every day I can try it. But every day, if we keep trying it, that hurts the recovery process. Whatever the coaches tell me to do, I’ll be up for it.”

Garçon damaged the soft tissue -- or capsule -- under the second toe on his right foot in the season opener while sprinting 88 yards for a touchdown. He missed the next two games, then played through the pain and discomfort against the Buccaneers and Falcons. 

Last Sunday, Garçon warmed up before the Vikings game but was held out by the coaching staff, which worried that he would aggravate the toe and miss the remainder of the season. 

On Wednesday, he acknowledged that he likely came back too soon and now is dealing with the consequences.

“It’s just the competitiveness,” Garçon said, asked about attempting to suit up against the Vikings. “You want to feel good. You think you’re 100-percent, or close to it, or effective. But as you see on tape, and as coaches saw, they say you weren’t ready. It was too soon.”

Garçon, who signed a five-year, $42.5 million free agent contact in the offseason, expressed disappointment in not being able to fully show what he’s capable of doing.

At least not yet.

“It does suck not being able to play, but you can’t sit around and mope about it,” said Garçon, who has a total of eight catches for 153 yards and a touchdown in three games. “It will only bring you down. … It’s part of football. You can’t cry about it. You can’t put all the frustration on yourself because it happens."

Asked about a time frame for his return, neither Garçon nor Shanahan could be specific.

“I need my toes to be 100-percent [to] run fast,” Garçon cracked. “If it’s not 100-percent, I can’t really give it any power or force.”

Shanahan said he’s left the decision to Garçon.

“It’s very much a mystery,” the coach said. “You can see it when he practice or pushes off. We’re going to give him a little time, get that thing healed. How long will it take? I don’t know. One, two days Two, three weeks. I really don’t know.” 

“But he’s a tough guy,” he added. “If he could go, he would go. But at the same time, I don’t want to set him back for the rest of the season.” 

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Need to Know: Examining the Redskins' roster locks and bubble dwellers

Need to Know: Examining the Redskins' roster locks and bubble dwellers

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, March 24, 34 days before the April 27 NFL draft.

Timeline

Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/17) 23
—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 49
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 61
—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/15) 113
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 170

Redskins locks and bubble players

Yesterday I looked at players who will not be returning to the Redskins in 2016. Today the focus shifts to the players who are on the roster and separating them into who is certain to be on the Week 1 roster and who is on the bubble.

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Here are the players I see as roster locks:

Offense (15)

  • QB Kirk Cousins
  • QB Colt McCoy
  • RB Rob Kelley
  • RB Chris Thompson
  • WR Jamison Crowder
  • WR Josh Doctson
  • WR Terrelle Pryor
  • TE Jordan Reed
  • TE Vernon Davis
  • G Shawn Lauvao
  • G Brandon Scherff
  • C Spencer Long
  • OT Morgan Moses
  • OT Trent Williams
  • OT Ty Nsekhe

Defense (15)

  • DE Anthony Lanier
  • DE Terrell McClain
  • DE Stacy McGee
  • LB Will Compton
  • LB Mason Foster
  • OLB Junior Galette
  • OLB Ryan Kerrigan
  • OLB Preston Smith
  • OLB Trent Murphy
  • CB Bashaud Breeland
  • CB Quinton Dunbar
  • CB Kendall Fuller
  • CB Josh Norman
  • S Su’a Cravens
  • S D.J. Swearinger

Specialists (3)

  • K Dustin Hopkins
  • P Tress Way
  • LS Nick Sundberg

That totals 33 locks. These are players who are on the bubble; only players who were on the team last year or were notable signings are included here. The other street free agents signed are long shots.

Offense (9)

  • G Arie Kouandjio
  • OL Vinston Painter
  • QB Nate Sudfeld
  • RB Mack Brown
  • RB Matt Jones
  • TE Derek Carrier
  • TE Niles Paul
  • WR Maurice Harris
  • WR Ryan Grant

Most of these bubble players will be watching the draft closely. A quarterback drafted early would be bad news for Sudfeld. A third-round guard could be an ominous sign for Kouandjio. The three I most strongly considered putting the lock list were Jones, Paul, and Harris but too much can happen to call them sure things.

Defense (15)

  • DE Ziggy Hood
  • DE Matt Ioannidis
  • DE A.J. Francis
  • NT Phil Taylor
  • OLB Houston Bates
  • LB Chris Carter
  • LB Steven Daniels
  • LB Martrell Spaight
  • OLB Lynden Trail
  • LB Zach Vigil
  • CB Tharold Simon
  • S Josh Evans
  • S Deshazor Everett
  • S DeAngelo Hall
  • S Earl Wolff

The three closest to being locks here are Hall, Hood, and Spaight. Hall has to show that he can come back from his ACL, Hood could get bumped out by promising draft picks, and Spaight needs to fend off potential draft picks and possibly Daniels and Vigil.

I’ll take another look at this after the draft to see how things shift.

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Ricky Jean-Francois signs with the Packers, per report

Ricky Jean-Francois signs with the Packers, per report

Before last season with the Redskins, Ricky Jean-Francois had made the playoffs five consecutive times, doing so twice with San Francisco, twice with Indianapolis and then once with Washington.

Now, the veteran — who was released by the 'Skins on March 15 — has given himself a strong chance of getting back to the postseason again in 2017 by reportedly signing with the Packers on Thursday.

ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted that Jean-Francois and Green Bay agreed to a one-year, $3-million contract.

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The 30-year-old lineman visited with the Bears and Seahawks before choosing to sign with Green Bay. Former Redskin Chris Baker, now in Tampa Bay, had also attempted to recruit Jean-Francois on Twitter to join him with the Bucs.

By cutting Jean-Francois last week, Washington will save $3 million toward their 2017 salary cap. Some have also speculated whether his criticism of the franchise was a factor in the transaction.