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Prescription for Garçon is rest

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Prescription for Garçon is rest

Pierre Garçon’s status for next week’s game against the Giants remains unclear, Coach Mike Shanahan said Monday, 24 hours after the Redskins’ No. 1 wide receiver was sidelined because of the right foot injury that’s dogged him all season.

Shanahan also said the decision to sit Garçon for a third time in five games was his, not the player’s.

“When I saw he couldn’t go in practice at the speed I wanted him to go at, I said, ‘Hey I think you’re pushing through a little more pain than you tend to tell the coaches,” Shanahan said. “And I think I was right.”

The coach added: “Because when I sat down with him and talked to him before the game, he would have went. I just said, ‘Hey, I don’t want to lose you for the rest of the season. So let’s get this thing well and you tell me when it’s ready to go.’”

Shanahan also provided detail about the injury the team had not previously shared. It’s a capsule underneath the second toe on his right foot and a recent MRI revealed inflammation.

“It’s him dealing with the pain,” Shanahan said. “He’s fine if he has some ‘juice’ before the game. But afterward it’s very, very painful.”

Garçon, who signed a five-year, $42.5 million contract in the offseason, got off to a fast start, snagging four passes for 109 yards and a touchdown in the first quarter of the season-opener.

But the 26-year-old missed the next two games, then played through the pain and discomfort against the Buccaneers and Falcons. After warming up Sunday at FedEx Field, Garçon was scratched after a conversation with Shanahan. 

“That toe is quite sore,” Shanahan said. “You could see when pushing off when he goes down field he’s just anywhere close not close to full speed. I saw it in Wednesday’s practice and I saw it in Thursday’s practice.”

Since the Saints’ game, Garçon has four receptions for 44 yards.

When, exactly, he’ll be able to add to those totals remains unclear.

“Hopefully with the rest and a little bit of time off, he’ll be able to go and the thing will heal up,” Shanahan said.

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With receiver group in flux, might Redskins make run at Alshon Jeffery?

With receiver group in flux, might Redskins make run at Alshon Jeffery?

It seems likely the Redskins stand to lose one or both of receivers DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon in free agency. That could mean more than 2,000 yards receiving exiting the offense, a significant blow.

Could Bears wideout Alshon Jeffery come to Washington and cushion the blow?

Multiple reports say that Chicago will not put the franchise tag on Jeffery, which means the 6-foot-4 receiver will hit the open market when free agency opens in a little more than a week. Coming off consectuive injury-marred seasons, still expect the market to be ripe for the former South Carolina star.

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A five-year veteran that will turn 28 in August, Jeffery posted more than 2,500 receiving yards in the 2013 and 2014 seasons to go with 17 touchdowns. An extremely gifted red zone receiver, Jeffery is one of the best in the league at high-pointing the football and coming down with circus catches. His last two seasons, however, the Bears wideout only played in 21 of 32 games and his numbers dipped dramatically: just over 1,600 yards and six TDs combined.

Though Washington will likely lose at least one of Garçon or Jackson, and very possibly both, that does not necessarily make Jeffery a prime target. 

Expect cost to be a major factor as the Chicago receiver will likely command the top free agent payout at the position. And his recent injury history could be a factor as well. 

Further, the Redskins must believe they have a No. 1 receiver already in house in Josh Doctson. The No. 22 overall pick in 2016, Doctson hardly played as a rookie due to an Achilles injury but appears to be progressing well in his rehab. At 6-foot-2 and extremely athletic, Doctson was drafted to be a prime red zone target with the ability to go up and get TDs.

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Could likely free agent Dontari Poe be the Redskins' answer at nose tackle?

Could likely free agent Dontari Poe be the Redskins' answer at nose tackle?

Many Redskins fans have been keeping a close eye on the Chiefs all offseason. Kansas City has two pending free agents in positions that are of great need to Washington. Fans have been watching since January to see what the Chiefs would do with safety Eric Berry and defensive lineman Dontari Poe. They may have their answer.

The organization’s hope was that they could sign one and use the franchise tag on the other. But with the deadline for the tag two days from now and with free agency starting in 10 days, it appears that plan is not going to happen. They are forced to decide and per Ed Werder of ESPN they are going to tag Berry and let Poe test free agency.

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Poe is a load at 6-3, 348. His impact is hard to measure in numbers; he has just 13 sacks in his five NFL seasons including two in the last two years. The Chiefs first-round pick out of Memphis in the 2012 draft has forced two fumbles and recovered one. But he is exactly what a defense like the Redskins’ 4-3 scheme needs in the middle to eat up double teams and keep blockers off the linebackers. They would go from having had no credible nose tackle in the seven seasons they have been in the 3-4 base defense to having one who at age 26 is of the very best in the league.

The problem with acquiring the best in the business is that you must pay top dollar. The contracts signed by Marcell Dareus of the Bills, a six-year deal with an average annual value of $15.8 million and Fletcher Cox of the Eagles, who signed a six-year extension with an AAV of $17.1, will be used as guidelines for a Poe free agent deal.

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The Redskins possibly could make that work but it would be a stretch. They already have a top-heavy salary structure with their top three players taking up 35 percent of the salary cap. Another cap hit in the $15 million range would put them in a precarious spot.

It seems unlikely that the Redskins will be real players in the Poe sweepstakes but given that he would be a perfect solution to a long-standing problem area it’s worth keeping an eye on the situation.

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