As we gear up for another Sunday of football, I suggest you all clip your fingernails. Sounds like an odd recommendation, but if you're anything like me, watching RGIII play fills you with nail-biting anxiety. Nobody drop a pan, slam a door, or tap me on the shoulder while the Skins game is on TV unless you want me to suffer a myocardial infarction.
Think back to the Redskins last drive against the Saints. There was a little more than two minutes left on the game clock and New Orleans only needed one possession to tie the game. Were you not filled with genuine, mortal terror?
My theory is that I am so invested in the RGIII-era team, and the man himself, that I can't bear the thought of something going wrong. What, I can't specify, but it doesn't take much imagination to arrive at a horrifying scenario.* Blame it on Washington squads of yore, but I've learned to expect that my hopes will be dashed. It's just that this year, those hopes are so, so much higher.
Now, for lighter topics... sort of. Here's what we're working with in the injury department.
WR Pierre Garcon— "Game Time Decision." Garcon's kind-of-like-turf-toe-but-not-his-toe injury has given him trouble this week. After leading the team in receiving yards in New Orleans, he missed Wednesday's practice due to the hurt foot. Garcon was "very limited" yesterday, to use Mike Shanahan's words, so it's no surprise to see him listed as "Questionable" on this afternoon's official report.
DT Chris Baker—Looks like I jumped the gun by leaving Baker off the last post. An ankle injury suffered in the preseason continued to bother him, holding him out of the season opener. He's participated fully in practice since Wednesday and has been declared "Probable" for this Sunday.
S Brandon Meriweather—A sprained MCL and PCL in Meriweather's left knee will sideline him for at least two more weeks.
LS Nick Sundberg—The iron adonis was placed on Injured Reserve on Tuesday, and Washington signed veteran Justin Snow to take his place as long snapper. You hate to see the guy's season end, and now you won't have to—the NFL adopted a new rule permitting teams to re-activate one player from IR per season. The Skins chose Sundberg to designate for return, but he'll have to wait longer to see the field than his estimated six-week recovery period. The new rule also stipulates that players on IR must sit out at least six weeks of practice and eight games.
Did I forget anyone?
*Just write twice-weekly injury reports and you'll have nightmares for days.