Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon is more likely to play than not against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Garcon (foot) is listed as questionable and hasn’t played since Week 1.
Expect the Redskins to limit Garcon’s snaps as well, Schefter reported.
The Washington Redskins spent the offseason cobbling together an offensive system for rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III that is a blend of elements from various offensive approaches seen over the years in both college and pro football. And in the early stages of the season, perhaps the only thing more challenging than stopping the offense concocted by the Redskins for Griffin has been describing it— or, worse yet, naming it.
“I would say it’s a hybrid West Coast slash spread-option offense,” veteran Redskins offensive tackle Jordan Black said, making his attempt at a description.
Mike Shanahan said they did reach out to Hightower and that he was their first choice after they realized Roy Helu would have to go on injured reserve. But the reason Hightower didn’t make the team in the first place a month ago was because he wasn’t fully recovered from last year’s knee injury. Shanahan said this week that Hightower had re-injured the knee during his rehab and was likely to have arthroscopic surgery to clean some things up. So, since they still don’t know when Hightower will be fully recovered and healthy, they moved onto their next choice, which was Grant. They still intend to use Alfred Morris as the starter, but they like to have several running backs on hand, and with Helu and Evan Royster hurt, they needed to bring in someone.
A third element that could help shore up the Redskins’ pass coverage could be the return of starting strong safety Brandon Meriweather, who missed two preseason games and the first three regular season contests with an injured right knee.
After gradually ramping up his activity in the last two weeks, Meriweather – who this past spring was signed as a free agent – appears poised to make his Redskins debut after Coach Mike Shanahan listed the former two-time Pro Bowl player as “probable” for Sunday’s game on the final injury report of the week.