September 9, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon (88) against the New Orleans Saints during the first half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

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Although it appears Robert Griffin III will suit up Sunday against the Vikings, the status of the Redskins’ top wide receiver suddenly is uncertain again.

Pierre Garçon has been listed as questionable after struggling Friday with a sore right foot. The veteran missed two games earlier this season with the injury.

From CSN Washington

Washington Redskins’ running back Roy Helu was the featured back for the Redskins in 2011. He led the team in rushing, and was the team’s third leading receiver out of the backfield with 49 receptions. However, before the start of the 2012 NFL season, Washington head coach Mike Shanahan declared the starting running back position was an open competition.
Despite Helu’s experience, it was 2012 sixth round draft choice Alfred Morris who won the starting position. That had to be disappointing to Helu. Making matters worse is that Helu has only two carries on the season. It seems that he’s been relegated to third string running back status, behind Morris and second year running back Evan Royster.

From Washington Times

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III went through a third consecutive day of practice and reported no concussion-like symptoms afterward and is expected to play Sunday against the visiting Minnesota Vikings.

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said Friday afternoon that Griffin practiced fully, a day after taking “75 to 80 percent” of the offensive snaps rather than his usual 85 to 90 percent.

From Washington Post

Washington Redskins rookie running back Alfred Morris isn’t known for his breakaway speed, but he’s having success in the Redskins’ zone-blocking scheme this year. He has 17 run plays on which he’s gained at least 10 yards, the most such plays in the league according to ESPN Stats & Info. The Vikings obviously have a great running back in Adrian Peterson, but the Redskins will have to contend with an unusual threat in wide receiver Percy Harvin, whose 22 receptions at or behind the line of scrimmage this year are 12 more than the next-highest receiver. Harvin has gained a league-best 319 yards after the catch this year, and the Redskins’ linebackers are going to have to be at their most disciplined if they hope to contain Harvin in the short passing game.


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