Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garon was limited in practice Thursday, raising doubts about his availability for Sundays game against the Bengals.
Garon, the No. 1 target for Robert Griffin III, was injured in the first quarter against New Orleans and missed last weeks game against the Rams.
He declined to speak to reporters following practice.
You just keep on working on it and hopefully it gets well, Shanahan said. Hes getting as much treatment as he can everyday. Hes working extremely hard, but its still sore and thats why he isnt taking all the reps.
Shanahan said, Doesnt need to, when asked if Garon had any new tests since it was determined he suffered a turf-toe like injury on his right foot while sprinting for an 88-yard touchdown against the Saints.
Last week, Shanahan said Garon's availability against the Rams would be determined by his ability to withstand pain. He also hinted that the wide receiver could take pain medication to help him get on the field.
I never know for sure, Shanahan said when asked if the injury is taking longer to heal than he had anticipated. You just kind of keep your fingers crossed. But it is nagging him a little bit more than I hoped it would.
Against the Rams, Garon was replaced in the lineup by Aldrick Robinson, who had two receptions for 40 yards and gigantic dropped pass deep in St. Louis territory in the fourth quarter as the Redskins trailed 31-28.
The Redskins other injured players cornerback Josh Wilson (concussion) and safety Brandon Meriweather (knee) also were limited in practice, Shanahan said.
Redskins cornerback Josh Norman and Titans tackle Taylor Lewan got into a widely-discussed altercation after Washington's Week 16 loss to Tennesse last season.
But on Thursday, Lewan said he's finally ready to let bygones be bygones.
Lewan tweeted he wants Norman to come on the "Bussin' With The Boys" podcast he co-hosts with former Redskins linebacker Will Compton to "settle our differences."
Judging by what happened last December, there are plenty of differences: Norman threw his helmet at Lewan after the latter approached him, Lewan later accusing Norman of trying to hurt Titans running back Derrick Henry.
"I'm not worried about Josh Norman, man," Lewan told reporters after the incident. "I'm an offensive lineman, he's a [defensive back]. I don't know who that is."
"I was pissed. He was trying to hurt Derrick [Henry]. That's BS. That’s not the way football’s supposed to be played, man. It’s not our fault you’re not relevant anymore."
"Why would you come to another man's sideline?" Norman said of the dust-up. "And then after you won a game, you pick fun at the player that is relevant. You go out of your way to come to his bench, his sideline, to go at him in that kind of way."
"We're not having it. We will not tolerate disrespect. That's zero tolerance for that. That was the ultimate disrespect. You just don't do that."
The incident happened months ago, so it's about time the pair made peace. And as an ex-Redskin and ex-Titan, perhaps Compton can help mend the fences. But if Norman does accept Lewan's invitation to come on the podcast, we might be in for even more verbal fireworks.
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Considering how serious that November leg injury was and how difficult the subsequent surgeries were, any time you see Alex Smith out, about and smiling, it's encouraging.
On Thursday, the Redskins posted a couple of pictures of Smith helping out at the team's third day of OTAs. The QB was photographed hanging out with coaches and even tossing a football:
You can't tell in the pictures whether Smith is still wearing the external fixator on his right leg, but regardless of whether he is or not, it's still great to see him in Ashburn around the organization.
It remains unclear what kind of role Smith will have with the 'Skins in 2019. However, if he's willing, he'd be an ideal mentor for Dwayne Haskins and overall a positive influence on the entire roster, seeing as many players don't hesitate to praise the leadership he displayed in 2018.
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