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Pierre Garçon, Brandon Meriweather Expect To Return For Sunday’s Game

By ZAC BOYER

zboyer@freelancestar.com | @ZacBoyer

ASHBURN – Pierre Garçon and Brandon Meriweather are both planning to return from injury on Sunday as the Washington Redskins face Philadelphia, they said after practice on Friday.

Meriweather

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Garçon would be playing for the first time since Oct. 7 after resting his injured right foot, while Meriweather would be making his debut for the Redskins after missing the first nine games because of a sprained left knee.

“Any time you get two guys like that on your football team, obviously it helps your football team and helps you to win,” head coach Mike Shanahan said.

Both players joined the Redskins during the offseason and were expected to start on their respective units.

Meriweather’s return should boost a defense that has allowed 397.9 yards per game, including 301.7 yards through the air – the third-worst mark in the league.

“It’s the best I’ve felt for a while,” Meriweather said.

Garçon has caught eight passes for 153 yards, including four receptions for 109 yards and a touchdown in the season opener at New Orleans. He was injured on his 88-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter of that game.

Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said Thursday that the Redskins no longer have the luxury of waiting for Garçon to be fully healthy.

“It’s frustrating, but you know, at some point, you’ve got to just go out there and play,” Garçon said. “You want to be at 100 percent. You want to give everything you’ve got, but you just can’t mind it too much. You’ve got to give everything you can to try to find a way to beat your defender at not 100 percent.”

Both players will be listed as questionable on the Redskins’ injury report, Shanahan said. Left tackle Trent Williams (sprained left ankle), receiver Santana Moss (concussion), cornerback Josh Wilson (left shoulder), punter Sav Rocca (torn meniscus in right knee), cornerback DeAngelo Hall (strained groin) and long snapper Nick Sundberg (broken left arm) will all be listed as probable.

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