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NFL pre-game notes: Garcon out, Winslow ready

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---Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon will miss his second consecutive game Sunday with a foot injury.

Garcon and safety Brandon Meriweather are inactive against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Garcon only played the first half of the opener for the Redskins before sustaining a foot injury. He signed a five-year $42.5 million free-agent deal prior to this season.

Meriweather has been out since Aug. 18 with a left knee injury. He took part in limited practice this week and coach Mike Shanahan had said he wouldn't reveal until Sunday whether Meriweather would play.

--Wide receiver Marques Colston is active for the Saints game against the Chiefs after being limited by a sore left foot during practice this week.

--Chargers running back Ryan Mathews is expected to make his season debute, according to ESPN. Mathews has missed the first two regular-season games with a broken clavicle suffered during the preseason.

--Defensive end Dwight Freeney is inactive and will miss his second consecutive game for the Colts due to a sprained ankle. Wide receiver Austin Collie, who hasn't played since suffering a concussion during the preseason, is active Sunday.

--The New England Patriots have activated tight end Kellen Winslow for Sunday night's game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Winslow, who has 437 career catches for 4,836 yards, was signed as a free agent five days ago. He will take the roster spot of tight end Aaron Hernandez, who suffered a severe ankle injury last Sunday in the Patriots' loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

"We try to prioritize what the person needs as a foundation and then what the person needs to go out and be able to play in the game in the role that we would ask them to play in," Patriots coach Bill Belichick told ESPN of Winslow's crash course on the offense.

--Denver Broncos coach John Fox and defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio reportedly will be fined for their criticisms of the referees during Monday night's game against the Atlanta Falcons.

The coaches are expected to be fined $20,000 each for their actions, according to ESPN.

Fox and Del Rio were called at halftime and were told to ease up on the referees.

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