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Little Progress In Health Of Trent Williams, Pierre Garçon For Sunday

By ZAC BOYER

zboyer@freelancestar.com | @ZacBoyer

ASHBURN – Any potential return from injury by left tackle Trent Williams or receiver Pierre Garçon for the Washington Redskins on Sunday at Tampa Bay remains uncertain, head coach Mike Shanahan said.

Williams

Williams bruised a bone in his right knee last weekend against Cincinnati and Garçon has been battling a sprained right foot, which he originally injured in the Redskins’ opener at New Orleans on Sept. 9.

While Garçon was limited in practice on Thursday and Williams did not practice at all, Shanahan said the left tackle could, theoretically, go the entire week without practicing and still face the Buccaneers.

“A lot depends on the experience of the guy – [how well] I know the guy, how he’s played in the past, how he’s handled different situations,” Shanahan said. “Each one is a little bit different. I don’t have one set rule for Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, but at least my experience is that if you don’t get some practice in during the week, it’s hard to play well.”

Jordan Black replaced Williams for all but 14 of the Redskins’ 76 offensive snaps. The coaching staff marked him off for allowing two sacks of quarterback Robert Griffin III, but otherwise, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said, Black fared well.

“When you’re in that position, you don’t get many reps during the week, and to hop in there on the third play and play most of the time through … I thought Jordan did a solid job,” Kyle Shanahan said. “If we play him this week, I hope he gets better.”

Garçon has played only eight snaps this season – all against the Saints, all in the first quarter. He has four catches for 109 yards, including an 88-yard touchdown catch on which he believes he first injured the foot.

“It’s getting better,” Mike Shanahan said Thursday. “I can see that. But until he’s able to go, it’s just getting better.”

The Redskins are also likely to be without cornerback Cedric Griffin, who pulled a hamstring against Cincinnati and missed practice for a second consecutive day. Strong safety Brandon Meriweather (sprained left knee) and running back Evan Royster (sprained right knee) were also limited in practice, while return specialist Brandon Banks sustained a hip injury in recent days and was also restricted.

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