Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, February 22, one day before the start of the NFL Combine.
Garçon should avoid surgery
My friend John Keim of the Examiner was the first to report yesterday that Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garçon has probably dodged the bullet and should be able to avoid having surgery on the injured toe that kept him out of six games last year.
It was the second toe of his right foot that caused the problems, the plantar plate to be specific. It kept him from being able to run full speed and hindered his ability to cut. Garçon said that it hurt him some during training camp but that it popped while he was completing an 88-yard touchdown catch and run in the first quarter of the season opener in New Orleans.
He sat out the rest of that game and then the next two. After two ineffective performances Garçon then was out the next four games. A combination of the rest and the miracle of modern medicine got him back onto the field for the last seven games of the season. Not coincidentally, the Redskins won all of them as Garçon led the team with 633 receiving yards.
It still is not certain if Garçon will participate fully in the offseason program. The organization is generally cautious when it comes to handling players coming off of injuries so it would not be surprising for them to limit Garçon’s reps.
After the season Garçon said that even though he was able to play with the injury is still wasn’t certain that it would be able to fully heal without surgery.
“We'll get some experts' opinions,” he said. “We'll see it how it goes."
At least so far it’s going well.
Redskins may gain some cap room
The Redskins have yet to release a player or to renegotiate a contract but they may have more salary cap space than we thought.
Our friends at Pro Football Talk have learned that the 2013 cap will exceed $122 million. An increase to $122 million would only add about $1.4 million to the cap, an increase of about 1.1 percent
That’s not much but a cap of $122 million would leave the Redskins unofficially about $3.6 million over the cap. That leaves them in a slightly better position than needing to chop an estimated $4.1 million to get under the cap.
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Days until: NFL Combine 1; NFL Draft 64; OTA’s start 84