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Garçon practices, status for Sunday unclear

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Garçon practices, status for Sunday unclear

Pierre Garçon joined his teammates on the practice field Monday after more than three weeks of resting his ailing right foot. But there’s still no precise timetable for the wide receiver’s return, Coach Mike Shanahan said.

“I’m just hoping there’s no setback,” Shanahan said after his team's first practice following the bye week. “I know it’s painful for him, but he wanted to work through it today. We’ll find out over the next few days exactly where he’s at.”

Garçon was limited in practice, Shanahan said.

“It’s not 100-percent, but when I’m out there, I’m just going all out and giving it everything I got. I did as much as I can. I’m still feeling a little bit of pain. But I’m out there, so no excuses.”

Asked if he can play Sunday against the Eagles, Garçon said: “It’s up to Coach. I can’t say if I’m going to play or not. Coach has to evaluate and see how he feels and move on from there.”

He continued: “It’s a pain [all the] time, walking, running, cutting, it’s a pain all the time.”

Garçon was diagnosed with a plantar plate tear on Oct. 24 during a visit with noted foot and ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, N.C. The 26-year-old originally injured himself in the season opener while sprinting 88 yards for a touchdown.

Since the diagnosis, Garçon has largely rested the foot in the hopes of avoiding surgery. While season-ending surgery remains a possibility, it appears he’s going to give it another try before opting to go that route.

“If I have a chance to play without surgery, I’ll definitely do that,” Garçon said. “And surgery is not guaranteed to fix it. So that’s another thing.”

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Maybe the Redskins aren't as banged up on defense as we thought they were

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Maybe the Redskins aren't as banged up on defense as we thought they were

The Redskins’ defense may not be as banged up as we thought it was.

On Thursday, the first day of serious preparation for their Monday night game in Philadelphia, injured defenders CB Josh Norman (rib), CB Bashaud Breeland (knee), and S Deshazor Everett (hamstring) all practiced on a limited basis.

Norman was inactive against the 49ers after suffering a broken rib against the Chiefs on October 2. Breeland injured his knee against San Francisco. They are the starters, and if they both can play against the 5-1 Eagles it would be a huge boost to the defense.

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It should be noted that both cornerbacks only took part in individual drills, so it is no sure thing that either will be ready to play in Philadelphia. But having them at practice was a good start.

Everett is a reserve safety and a key special teams contributor. His presence in the latter area could be important as the Eagles’ performance on special teams is among the best in the league.

LB Ryan Anderson (back) and S Stefan McClure (knee) both practiced on a limited basis.

Also practicing was S DeAngelo Hall. He has been on the physically unable to perform list since the start of training camp rehabbing a torn ACL he suffered in 2016. The team now has a 21-day window during which they can activate him. However, he must sit out at least one more game.

On offense, Trent Williams (knee) did not practice. That is not ideal but he was able to play last Sunday after being out of practice all last week.

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Jay Gruden announced roster moves that had been reported previously, with K Dustin Hopkins (hip) and DE Jonathan Allen (foot) going on injured reserve. First-year player Nick Rose will handle the place kicking duties and A.J. Francis will take Allen’s roster spot.

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A.J. Francis promoted to Redskins' 53-man roster

A.J. Francis promoted to Redskins' 53-man roster

The Redskins put Jonathan Allen on injured reserve and brought in a familiar face to replace him on the roster.

Jay Gruden announced that the team has signed former practice squad member A.J. Francis to take the place of Allen, who suffered a Lisfranc injury last Sunday in the game against the 49ers. Francis spent part of last season on the Redskins practice squad and he was on the 53-man roster for a couple of weeks, although he did not appear in a game. Francis also was on the team this year before being released in the cut to 53 on September 2.  

The former Maryland standout has played in three NFL games, all in 2015, appearing in two for the Seahawks and one for the Dolphins.

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In all, Francis has been a part of 22 transactions, starting when he signed with the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 2013.

Allen has undergone surgery to repair the foot already. The normal schedule for a Lisfranc calls for a player to stay off of the foot for 6-8 weeks and then start rehabbing, which can take a month or possibly a lot longer.

He would be eligible to be activated off of injured reserve after missing eight games, which means he technically could play in Week 15 against the Cardinals. But that would be an extremely optimistic timetable for such an injury.

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Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerNBCS and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.