By Kevin Ross
Entering into week 14 the Washington Redskins are as healthy as any team in the National Football League. The official injury report released on Friday included some positive information, as wide Receiver Pierre Garcon fully participated in practice this week and was not limited.
Pierre is getting healthy at the right time, and having him on the field elevates Washington’s offense to one of the league’s best. His ability to take a 15 yard pass to the house, gives Washington an element that they have been missing for many years.
Simply having Garcon in the lineup seems to open up the playbook for Kyle Shanahan, who can dial up different plays to take advantage of Garcon’s skill set. Kyle Shanahan addressed this question about altering his play calling due to Garcon being in the lineup, “There’s no new plays or anything we’re calling – really the same plays we’ve done, but Pierre does make a difference. He can make a 15-yard gain into a 40-yard gain. Just the mentality he has when he catches the ball that he’s really trying to score every time he touches just makes a huge difference. When you make those plays after the catch that he does, it definitely opens up a lot of things.”
Garcon continues to work hard every day to make sure that his toe is ready for game day, and he’s listed as “probable” to see the field against Baltimore. Garcon’s great work ethic and dedication to the rehab process has made all of this possible. Going back just a few weeks ago it seemed as if the injury would force him to miss the season. Kyle Shanahan spoke about what Garcon goes through on a daily basis to see the field. “Pierre takes care of his body. He does everything he can. He works with our trainers hard. He never misses a rehab session. He sees specialists as much as he can. I think it was an annoying injury for him because it was something that lingered and wouldn’t go away. I think it got better and then fighting through it, it definitely is always going to get better or worse. I think he got through those first two games when he saw it was getting better he got really encouraged. I think it’s been good for him.”
Another player who seems to be improving week by week and gaining strength is the punter Sav Rocca. Rocca is still recovering from a tweaked knee that he hurt while exercising in practice. The punter has not missed a game since the injury and with his health improving team followers will begin to see more of the booming punts that Rocca has been known for. Head coach Mike Shanahan, spoke about how Sav Rocca ranks amongst the many punters that he has coached, “Sav is the best punter I’ve been around. He’s a great person, works extremely hard, accountable every day.”
The Washington Redskins Injury Report
Questionable: (LB) London Fletcher – Ankle; (CB) DeAngelo Hall – Ankle/Knee; (T) Trent Williams – Thigh
Probable: (WR) Pierre Garcon – Foot; (P) Sav Rocca – Right knee; (CB) Josh Wilson – Shoulder
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Kevin Ross is a freelance writer covering all things Washington Redskins. His work can be found on Examiner.com.