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Redskins' Garcon, Meriweather likely out this week

Redskins' Garcon, Meriweather likely out this week

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) Washington Redskins receiver Pierre Garcon and safety Brandon Meriweather are unlikely to play again this week, postponing their return until after the bye.

Garcon did not practice Wednesday as the team began workouts ahead of Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers. He has missed five of the last seven games with a torn toe ligament in his right foot.

``It's getting better with the time off,'' coach Mike Shanahan said. ``But my mindset is probably after the Carolina game.''

Meriweather, who has yet to play this season, was limited in practice with sprained ligaments in his left knee and is a ``long shot'' to take the field against the Panthers, according to Shanahan.

Meriweather's return can't come soon enough for the Redskins, who have the worst pass defense in the NFL.

``It's very hard to sit back and watch,'' Meriweather said, ``knowing there's nothing I can do to help my team.''

The Redskins have next week off before returning to host the Philadelphia Eagles on Nov. 18.

Shanahan said he has yet to hear from the NFL office concerning a possible punishment for DeAngelo Hall over the cornerback's tirade toward an official in the loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The coach doesn't think Hall will be suspended for the Carolina game now that this week's practices are under way.

``They wouldn't let somebody practice a full practice if they're going to be suspended for this week's game,'' Shanahan said. ``At least I don't believe it's ever happened before.''

Shanahan said linebacker London Fletcher practiced without limitation, even though the team still isn't sure what caused the balance issues that prompted the team to order neurological testing last week. Doctors were able to rule out a concussion, allowing Fletcher to play against the Steelers in his 232nd consecutive game.

Fletcher also has a nagging right hamstring injury and says he wasn't 100 percent against Pittsburgh. He's not sure how much, if any, the balance issue affected his play.

``Any time you're dealing with something that's not just a muscle or something like that, with balance or things where you've got to take neurological tests, sure it's scary,'' he said. ``So I would be lying if I said it wasn't on my mind. ... You never know. You try to block those things out when the ball is snapped.''

Also at less than 100 percent is punter Sav Rocca, who has torn meniscus in his right knee. The right-footed Rocca says the injury has some effect on the power he puts behind the ball.

``It's not necessarily the punt itself, but more so the approach,'' Rocca said. ``And any running or walking I do, I can feel it.''

Rocca said the injury had nothing to do with the 12-yard punt in the first half that helped set up a Steelers field goal, but Shanahan suspects otherwise.

``Anytime you have a punt like he did, you know it's bothering him a little bit,'' Shanahan said. ``But he had a good practice today.''

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Wizards vs. Hornets: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

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Wizards vs. Hornets: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Kelly Oubre, Jr. and the Washington Wizards battle Kemba Walker, Dwight Howard, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night.

Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch:

WASHINGTON WIZARDS VS. CHARLOTTE HORNETS

Where: Capital One Arena
Tip-off: 7 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Washington (coverage begins at 6 p.m.)
Live stream: NBCSportsWashington.com
Radio: 1500 AM

On a roll

The Wizards have some serious momentum going right now. With an impressive win over the Cavs on Thursday, they have now won three straight games and eight of 10 since John Wall went down with a left knee injury. They had a week off due to the All-Star break, but didn't show any rust at all in their first game back.

The Wizards are now 34-24, 10 games above the .500 mark. They are fourth in the East and could move into third on Friday if they win and the Cavaliers lose. Even with Wall out, things continue to look up for Washington.

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Hornets have had their number

The Wizards haven't done so well against the Hornets so far this season. Charlotte has taken both meetings and that includes a 24-point win on Jan. 17. That game featured Dwight Howard taunting the Wizards late in the fourth quarter.

Howard has killed the Wizards through two games with averages of 22.0 points and 14.0 rebounds. Jeremy Lamb (20.0 ppg vs. Wizards) has been a big factor as well as All-Star Kemba Walker (21.5 ppg vs. Wizards).

The last time these teams played about a month ago frustrations boiled over in an incident that got Tim Frazier ejected. Michael Carter-Williams picked a fight with Jason Smith and Frazier went off:

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Hornets coming in hot

The Hornets are outside the playoff picture at the moment at eight games below .500, but they have won two straight games and Walker and Howard are coming off huge games. In a win over the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday, Walker dropped 31 points and Howard grabbed 24 rebounds.

Those guys will be riding a high coming into Washington on Friday. But it should be noted that Howard complained after the game how tired he is at this point in the season. That exhausion could affect him more in the second game of a back-to-back.

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5 must-see moments from Wizards' huge road win over Cavaliers, including Markieff Morris' alley-oop

5 must-see moments from Wizards' huge road win over Cavaliers, including Markieff Morris' alley-oop

Here are the five best plays or moments from the Washington Wizards' 110-103 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night...

1. The Wizards didn't start out well, as they trailed by nine points at the end of the first quarter. Kelly Oubre, Jr. stumbled early by missing four of his first six shots and it looked like a carryover of his slump before the All-Star break.

But Oubre got hot in the second quarter and helped the Wizards turn the game around. This was one of his best plays, a two-handed slam that he celebrated with an emphatic scream to the crowd:

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2. Tomas Satoransky was one of the stars of the game. He had 17 points to go along with eight assists, four rebounds and two steals. 

Here's one of his dimes, a perfect alley-oop lob to Markieff Morris, who finished with nine points and eight rebounds:

3. Satoransky has reached double-figures in six of the 10 games since John Wall went out with an injury. This was a very impressive move, a stepback fadeaway that was super smooth:

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4. Ian Mahinmi made some key contributions including four offensive rebounds and a steal. This was his best basket, a powerful slam that came at a key time:

5. This play helped seal the victory. It was a smart after-timeout set drawn up by head coach Scott Brooks and it worked to perfection:

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