By Kevin Ross

TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 30:  Wide receiver Pierre Garcon #88 of the Washington Redskins celebrates a 24- 22 win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers September 30, 2012 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. ( Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

(Credit= Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

The Washington Redskins are confident that both Pierre Garcon and Brandon Meriweather will play this Sunday against Philadelphia.  The official injury report released on Friday backs this statement, as both players were upgraded to “Questionable”. “We feel good enough where if there’s no setback, Merieweather will be able to play. That’s positive,” said Coach Shanahan. “Same thing with Garçon. Anytime you get two guys like that on your football team, obviously it helps your football team and helps you to win.”

In the case of Garcon, the wide receiver is still battling the same toe injury that has kept him on the sidelines since week 1.  Garcon’s injury has not healed and has not seen drastic improvements, but Garcon will fight through what is described as a very painful injury.  Team doctors so far have prescribed rest or surgery as the only two potential remedies for Garcon’s toe.  But Garcon has been hesitant about surgery because it’s not a guarantee that the surgery will fix the issue. Garcon is aware that his toe may never return to normal, and that he might have to battle this injury for the rest of his playing career.

When coach Shanahan was asked about Garcon’s ability to push off of his injured foot, the ball coach simply refused to answer the question, “I can’t really answer that, but he feels good enough where I think he’ll play if there’s no setbacks. That’s a positive. We’ll just have to wait and see…. I’m not sure how many guys this time of the year are 100 percent. I think everybody is banged up a little bit and you fight through it. Pierre is one of those guys. He has just been out for a while.”

And another guy who has been out for a while is right tackle Jammal Brown who experienced yet another setback this week as he attempted a return.  Coach Shanahan did not reveal the results of Brown’s MRI, but the head coach did state that Brown will be re-evaluated next week, “It was just quite sore. The hip was sore – both in the left and right side. There was little bit of a setback. We’ve got another week to get a chance to look at him. Hopefully, he gets better.”

Besides Jammal Brown’s setback, the bye week proved to be a healing remedy for the Washington Redskins, as the injury report was not cluttered as usual.  Philadelphia on the other hand will be without starting quarterback Mike Vick who is out with a concussion.  And the Eagles will also be without wide receiver Jason Avant who has proved to be a solid possession receiver since entering the league from the University of Michigan.

The Washington Redskins official Injury Report:

QUESTIONABLE – (WR) Pierre Garcon – Foot; (S) Brandon Meriweather – Knee

PROBABLE – (CB) DeAngelo Hall – Groin; (WR) Santana Moss – Head; (P) Sav Rocca –Knee; (LS) Nick Sundberg – Forearm; (T) Trent Williams – Ankle; (CB) Josh Wilson – Shoulder

The Philadelphia Eagles official Injury Report:

OUT – (WR) Jason Avant – Hamstring; (WR) Mardy Gilyard – Hamstring; (RB) Chris Polk – Toe; (QB) Mike Vick – Concussion

DOUBTFUL – (G) Danny Watkins – Ankle

PROBABLE – (WR) Riley Cooper – Knee; (LB) Akeem Jordan – Thumb; (LB) Mychal Kendricks – Foot; (WR) Jeremy Maclin – Back

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Kevin Ross is a freelance writer covering all things Washington Redskins. His work can be found on


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