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Prescription for Garçon is rest

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Prescription for Garçon is rest

Pierre Garçon’s status for next week’s game against the Giants remains unclear, Coach Mike Shanahan said Monday, 24 hours after the Redskins’ No. 1 wide receiver was sidelined because of the right foot injury that’s dogged him all season.

Shanahan also said the decision to sit Garçon for a third time in five games was his, not the player’s.

“When I saw he couldn’t go in practice at the speed I wanted him to go at, I said, ‘Hey I think you’re pushing through a little more pain than you tend to tell the coaches,” Shanahan said. “And I think I was right.”

The coach added: “Because when I sat down with him and talked to him before the game, he would have went. I just said, ‘Hey, I don’t want to lose you for the rest of the season. So let’s get this thing well and you tell me when it’s ready to go.’”

Shanahan also provided detail about the injury the team had not previously shared. It’s a capsule underneath the second toe on his right foot and a recent MRI revealed inflammation.

“It’s him dealing with the pain,” Shanahan said. “He’s fine if he has some ‘juice’ before the game. But afterward it’s very, very painful.”

Garçon, who signed a five-year, $42.5 million contract in the offseason, got off to a fast start, snagging four passes for 109 yards and a touchdown in the first quarter of the season-opener.

But the 26-year-old missed the next two games, then played through the pain and discomfort against the Buccaneers and Falcons. After warming up Sunday at FedEx Field, Garçon was scratched after a conversation with Shanahan. 

“That toe is quite sore,” Shanahan said. “You could see when pushing off when he goes down field he’s just anywhere close not close to full speed. I saw it in Wednesday’s practice and I saw it in Thursday’s practice.”

Since the Saints’ game, Garçon has four receptions for 44 yards.

When, exactly, he’ll be able to add to those totals remains unclear.

“Hopefully with the rest and a little bit of time off, he’ll be able to go and the thing will heal up,” Shanahan said.

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Somehow, the Redskins still have a fairly straightforward playoff path. Somehow

Somehow, the Redskins still have a fairly straightforward playoff path. Somehow

You're going to feel absurd for reading the following sentence, but probably not as absurd as it felt to type the following sentence.

The Redskins, who are on their fourth option at QB, who made the '18 Giants look like the '72 Dolphins and who are large underdogs this weekend to the 4-9 Jaguars, actually still have a straightforward path to the playoffs.

Now, the word "straightforward" only applies to the path on paper, because realistically, there's nothing straightforward about fixing the litany of issues that are plaguing Washington at the moment.

Regardless, by losing on Monday night to the Seahawks, the Vikings blew a chance to separate themselves from a pack of NFC teams chasing(?) them and their final wild card spot. The Redskins are one of those teams, and here's how they could pass Minnesota to qualify for the postseason:

With the way the season is unfolding, you'd expect the Burgundy and Gold's playoff scenario to involve a bunch of teams losing a bunch of times in these final three weeks. The tweet above illustrates that's clearly not the case. They only need Minnesota to drop one more to go along with the Redskins winning out.

Of course, the Redskins stringing three straight plays together without committing a holding penalty feels like too much to ask for, so anyone expecting a three-game winning streak is either a bit crazy or a relative of Josh Johnson. But still, they're not out of the hunt quite yet. Somehow.

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Jay Gruden not considering changes to his coaching staff

Jay Gruden not considering changes to his coaching staff

The Redskins gave up 40 points and more than 400 yards in a loss to the Giants last Sunday, and that was without Odell Beckham suited up for New York. 

The Redskins have lost four straight games, and five of six, while giving up more than 30 points three times. 

The Redskins surrendered more than 200 rushing yards to the Giants, and have not held an opponent under 100 yards rushing in their last six games. 

You get the idea. 

After the Washington defense got out to an impressive start to the season, things have fallen apart down the stretch.

Despite the struggles, Redskins head coach Jay Gruden has no intention of shaking up his coaching staff.

"No. Not really," Gruden said on the Redskins Talk podcast when asked about any coaching changes. 

As the Redskins struggle and lose their grip on a playoff spot, it's not unheard of to think some staff changes might be coming. The Panthers fired two defensive assistants last weekend, and as the NFL season approaches the finish line, more coaches will lose their jobs. 

In Washington though, it seems the staff is safe. Still, the Giants loss stings. 

The Redskins' offense has been decimated by injuries, particularly at quarterback and along the offensive line. There was some leeway for a loss to New York, but not when the home team got down 40-0 to a 4-8 Giants team. 

That type of deficit brings questions. Questions about the coaches, questions about effort.

On Sunday, Gruden made clear he understands his future is week to week.

"We have a game to win next week in Jacksonville," the coach said. "We have to go about trying to find a way to do it."

On Monday, he made clear his assistants are safe. As far as he is concerned anyway. 

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