The Washington Redskins have had to deal with their fair share of injuries this season, and this Sunday against the New York Giants will not be any different. This week’s injury report included more of the same for the burgundy and gold, but surprisingly included one player that caught everybody off guard.
Punter Sav Rocca hurt himself simply by exercising this week, “After Thursday, he was just jogging and tweaked his knee. We’re going to test him tomorrow [Saturday] and see how he feels and see if he can punt. If not, we’ll bring in a few punters and check [them] out. If he can’t go, then we’ll go in that direction,” said head coach Mike Shanahan.
Whether Rocca can suit up or not will be huge for Washington as field position and special teams play always serve an important role in these ever-so-tight divisional matchups. Rocca is listed as “Questionable” on this week’s official injury report, which means that there is a possibility that he could see the field.
But one player who will not see the field this Sunday will be wide receiver Pierre Garcon, who has seemingly made the injury report his permanent place of residence. After receiving an MRI this week Garcon was diagnosed with an “inflamed capsule” underneath his second toe, on his right foot. “Right now, we’re going to keep him off his feet. See how he feels. I would say he would be a long shot [to play] unless somebody went down on our football team tomorrow. We want to get that foot well. The only way we’re going to get it well is to rest him. I’m not going to call him definitely out, but it’s a longshot right now,” said Mike Shanahan.
Garcon is listed on the team’s injury report as “Doubtful” for Sunday’s game against the New York Giants. And no one is missing Garcon more than Washington’s young signal caller Robert Griffin III, who very well could be producing even better statistics if Garcon was in the lineup.
Griffin to date is the league’s most accurate quarterback completing 70.2% of his passes. It will be interesting to see what this duo can accomplish when Garcon returns to the lineup. “Pierre is one of the best receivers in the league and he’s proven that time and time again. We’d love to have him out there. The rest of the guys have done a great job of stepping up. No matter whose number is called, we spread the ball around a lot in this last game. When we do get him back, he’ll definitely be an asset for us. I told him today, I said I try not to get frustrated with not having him out there. He told me he tries to keep a cool mind so that when he does get back out, he’ll be ready to go,” said Robert Griffin.
All the Fed Ex faithful can do is patiently wait for Garcon’s return, and hope to not see him on next week’s injury report.
The official injury report of the Washington Redskins is detailed below:
OUT – (S) Brandon Meriweather – Knee
DOUBTFUL – (WR) Pierre Garcon – Foot
QUESTIONABLE – (CB) Cedric Griffin – Hamstring, (CB) David Jones – Achilles, (S) Jordan Pugh – Head, (P) Sav Rocca – Knee, (FB) Darrel Young – Hamstring
PROBABLE – (DT) Barry Cofield – Shoulder, (TE) Fred Davis – Knee, (CB) DeAngelo Hall – Knee, (DT) Doug Worthington – Calf
For more Local Football Bloggers and the latest Redskins news, see CBS Sports DC.
Kevin Ross is a freelance writer covering all things Washington Redskins. His work can be found on Examiner.com.