Quarterback wants to avoid getting hurt

A quarterback capable of hurting teams with his arm or legs who can't stay healthy is a reality in Philadelphia with Michael Vick. It's a scenario the Redskins don't want to repeat with Robert Griffin III.

Vick, expected to miss Sunday's game with a concussion, has played in 15 or more games only four times in his first nine seasons. And he has played in 16 only once.

"RGIII and Michael Vick, they both are sacrificing for the team," Eagles defensive end Trent Cole said. "They want to win, and they're going to sacrifice their bodies."

Said Eagles coach Andy Reid: "Any quarterback that runs in this league, you're open. Michael's not the biggest guy, so those hits, they're going to hurt. That's how it works. Robert's seeing the same thing. You play the style they play, and you're going to take some hits."

Griffin suffered a concussion Oct.?7 vs. Atlanta and missed the final quarter. But it's not as if it's only smaller quarterbacks who deal with such hits. Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger could miss substantial time with a rib injury. And Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler suffered a concussion last week.

"It's not a cautionary tale," Griffin said. "Football is a violent game. Vick has been beat up a little throughout his career. There are other quarterbacks that get beat up throughout their career."

Notes » Receiver Pierre Garcon (foot/toe) still has a chance to play Sunday after being limited in practice for a second day this week. Garcon has missed the past four games and said Monday he's still feeling pain in his foot. Shanahan focused more on the fact that he was able to participate in consecutive practices.

"That's a good sign," he said.

Right tackle Jammal Brown (hip) and safety Brandon Meriweather (knee) were limited. Meriweather remains optimistic about playing vs. Philadelphia on Sunday. ...

The Redskins elected captains for the rest of the season. Griffin, nose tackle Barry Cofield and defensive end Stephen Bowen join linebacker/special teamer Lorenzo Alexander, left tackle Trent Williams and linebacker London Fletcher as captains.