Both the Redskins and Vikings are down a receiver on Sunday.
Pierre Garçon is inactive for the Redskins after he experienced renewed pain in his foot late in the week. Coach Mike Shanahan indicated Garçon’s status would be contingent on his ability to tolerate the pain come Sunday. Warmups didn’t go well, obviously, and the Redskins will be going with Leonard Hankerson and Josh Morgan as their starting wideouts.
As expected, Robert Griffin III will be the guy throwing to them. Griffin III will start after suffering a concussion last week against the Falcons and the team’s said there won’t be any limitations on the playbook as a result of Griffin’s injury.
On the other side of the field, the Vikings have decided to keep wide receiver Jerome Simpson on the bench. Simpson experienced weakness in his leg last week against the Titans and MRIs revealed a back injury that was causing the problem. The Vikings don’t think it is a serious long-term threat to Simpson’s availability, but it was serious enough to keep him on the bench today.