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Possibility Still Remains Of Pierre Garçon Making Return Against Philadelphia
ASHBURN – Pierre Garçon could play for the Washington Redskins against Philadelphia on Sunday, head coach Mike Shanahan said.
Garçon, who missed 12 consecutive practices and the last four games with a torn plantar plate in the second toe of his right foot, returned on Monday and went through limited drill work. He was limited again Wednesday, Shanahan said, though he was planting and cutting during practice.
“He’s been doing that the last couple days, which is a big plus because he hadn’t been doing that for a long time,” Shanahan said. “He did the same thing today, so it’s a good sign.”
Garçon said earlier Monday that he hadn’t felt any additional pain in the toe, which not only prevented him from pushing off at the line of scrimmage but also lingered mildly as he walked. He planned, for the time being, to address the issue with additional orthotics in his shoe.
The receiver signed in March with the plan on becoming the Redskins’ top target in the passing game, but he has caught only eight passes for 153 yards and a touchdown this season. He tore the plate, which protects ligaments in the toe, on an 88-yard touchdown reception against New Orleans in the opener.
His return would boost a Redskins offense that has sagged over the last two games, dropping from an average of 228.6 passing yards a game to 177.5 passing yards against Pittsburgh and Carolina.
“Hopefully there’s no setback and he keeps on progressing,” Shanahan said.