Reporting Grant Paulsen
ASHBURN, Va. (CBSDC) — The Redskins will likely be without Pierre Garcon for Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Defensively, cornerback Josh Wilson is expected to play, while safety Brandon Meriweather will be listed as questionable when the Redskins submit their injury report to the NFL this afternoon.
“Pierre is doubtful,” head coach Mike Shanahan said. “He went through drill work still a little sore, but he didn’t take any reps with the team.”
Garcon caught four passes for 109 yards and a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints in Week 1. The breakthrough performance in his Redskins debut included three receptions on Washington’s first four plays and an 88-yard, catch-and-run that went for a score.
The first-year Redskin and fifth-year veteran was listed as questionable a week ago on Friday, but his foot hasn’t improved enough for him to be on the verge of playing with week-three looming.
“He pushed pretty hard today,” Shanahan said. “He was just a little bit too sore. He got some good work in early, but until it gets good enough to go there’s always that question mark.”
Wilson suffered a mild concussion while making a touchdown saving tackle against the Rams last Sunday. He was limited in practice throughout much of the week before Friday’s announcement that he is likely to play.
Meriweather has missed the Redskins’ first two games while recovering from sprained MCL and PCL ligaments in his knee.
If Meriweather is on the field Sunday, his debut in burgundy and gold will come in the Redskins’ 2012 home-opener.
“We’re excited to play in front of our fans and to put a good game together,” Shanahan said. “You look forward to your [home] debut and hopefully you do it the right way.”