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Pierre Garçon Inactive Against Vikings Because Of Soreness In Right Foot
LANDOVER, Md. – Pierre Garçon will be inactive on Sunday for the Washington Redskins’ game against Minnesota after again experiencing soreness in his sprained right foot.
Garçon was on the field approximately two hours before the start of the game stretching under the supervision of assistant strength and conditioning coach Chad Englehart. Wearing game pants, a gray undershirt and pink sweatbands on his arms, he stopped to speak with strength and conditioning coach Ray Wright and head athletic trainer Larry Hess before walking with Wright to the Redskins’ locker room.
The receiver did not complete a full practice on Friday because of the foot, which he injured in the Redskins’ opener at New Orleans on Sept. 9. He missed the next two games, then played Sept. 30 at Tampa Bay and Oct. 7 against Atlanta.
Head coach Mike Shanahan has consistently referred to the injury as an issue of pain tolerance for the receiver, who signed a five-year, $42 million contract with the Redskins during the offseason to be their primary receiver. Instead, Garçon has caught just eight passes for 153 yards this season, including an 88-yard touchdown reception against the Saints.
Cornerback Cedric Griffin, who pulled his right hamstring against Cincinnati on Sept. 23 and missed the next two games, also will not play. Griffin spent the last six seasons playing for the Vikings and was aiming to return against his former team.
Strong safety Brandon Meriweather will miss at least three more weeks after spraining ligaments in his left knee, while defensive end Doug Worthington strained a calf against Atlanta. Neither will play after being ruled out earlier in the week.
The Redskins’ healthy scratches include quarterback Rex Grossman, right guard Adam Gettis and left guard Josh LeRibeus.
Inactive for Minnesota will be free safety Mistral Raymond, who was ruled out earlier in the week with a sprained right ankle, as well as receiver Jerome Simpson, who has been experiencing weakness in his lower left leg thought to be connected to a back injury. Linebacker Marvin Mitchell, who has been bothered by a calf injury, will also miss the game.
Quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson, receiver Jarius Wright, cornerback Brandon Burton and left guard Mark Asper will be the Vikings’ healthy scratches.