Despite Pierre Garcon’s cheery insistence in the past couple of weeks that he’s feeling “great,” the Washington Redskins receiver is still bothered enough by an injured right foot that he’s inactive for Sunday’s game vs. the Cincinnati Bengals.
Garcon was listed as doubtful on the official injury report Friday.
“He either can do it or he can’t,” coach Mike Shanahan said. “He pushed pretty hard [Friday] . He was just a little bit too sore. He got some good work in early. But until it gets good enough to go, there’s always that question mark.”
The question mark is gone, and that’s not a good thing for the Redskins, who would like to have Garcon (bruised foot) to go along with Robert Griffin III and an offense that was explosive Week 1 at New Orleans.
Aldrick Robinson figured to get increased playing time in Garcon’s spot, but it will be Leonard Hankerson starting instead. Hankerson drew praise this week from offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan for his play at the St. Louis Rams.
“He had a great game away from the ball. He had some really key blocks on one of Robert’s runs that he scored on, on both of them actually,” Shanahan said. “We wouldn’t have had it if Hank didn’t make a key block. I think he played an all-around good game, his best game yet.”
On the Bengals’ side, cornerback Leon Hall is among the inactives.
Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather is also inactive with a left knee injury. He had been listed as questionable.
Meriweather sprained his left knee Sept. 3 and was declared out for two-to-four weeks. He’s now at three weeks.
The other inactives are quarterback Rex Grossman, safety Jordan Pugh, guards Josh LeRibeus and Adam Gettis and defensive end Doug Worthington.