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Jammal Brown, Pierre Garçon Back At Practice For Redskins On Monday
(Originally posted 11/12/12, 3:50 p.m.; Updated 11/12/12, 10:00 p.m.)
ASHBURN – One player is finally getting the chance to begin his season. The other is trying to get it back on track.
Jammal Brown and Pierre Garçon each practiced on Monday for the Washington Redskins, returning from injury to take part in drills on the first day the team reconvened after its bye week.
Brown, projected to start at right tackle for the Redskins, has been on the physically-unable-to-perform list and practiced for the first time this season after undergoing surgery on his left hip in August. Garçon missed the last 12 practices with a right foot injury, but decided now was the time, if any, for a return.
Though Brown is unlikely to play in the Redskins’ next game, which is at home Sunday against Philadelphia, Garçon may do so after sitting out the last five.
“It brings a little joy to get back on the field, you know?” Garçon said. “Knowing that you’re not 100 percent – I’m not as healthy as I want to be, but I’m trying to take the positives out of it and be out there and try to give my team some energy and play for it and go on this run.”
Garçon tore the plantar plate, a piece of soft tissue protecting ligaments, in the second toe of his right foot in the season opener at New Orleans and played two more games before opting for complete rest.
He said the idea to return to practice was his – a sentiment corroborated by head coach Mike Shanahan.
“I’m glad he was out there today trying to fight through it and I thought he did some good things today,” Shanahan said. “That was a positive. You just don’t know ‘til tomorrow or the next day if there’s going to be a setback and if he can go or not.”
Garçon said he had been trying to push off, which had been his main concern, throughout the bye week and felt the pain had subsided enough where it was worth a return to practice. He sat out every day since Oct. 17, which was three days after he was inactive against Minnesota.
Brown’s potential return is more complicated. He said he tore a ligament in his left hip just before training camp and wanted to rest before exploring surgery, which he had after a month.
The team has until Nov. 27 to activate him, release him or place him on injured reserve, and if he plays, it’s likely he doesn’t do so until the Redskins’ game against the New York Giants on Dec. 3.
“We’ve got to do it the right way, because I ain’t trying to go through this again,” Brown said, referring to a potential return. “The Redskins are trying to be cautious, but I don’t want them to be too cautious because the season’s ending, so I’m trying to get out there.”