Thursday, November 1, 2012

Pierre Garcon Out Against Panthers

Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon has officially been ruled out of this weekends game against the Panthers according to the Washington Post. For more on Garcon and a few other injured Redskins, go to this link.

Garcon has played in just three of the Redskins eight games this season. He started week one against the Saints and had a huge impact early in that game. Garcon had four receptions for 109 yards including an 88 yard touchdown reception. Garcon then left the game late in the first half after injuring his foot.

Garcon then returned in weeks four and five and had nowhere near the impact that he had in week one. In those two games combined, Garcon was targeted by quarterback Robert Griffin III eight times and made just four receptions for 44 yards and no touchdowns.

The biggest problem that the Redskins biggest free-agency addition this past season has been running into is his explosion and ability to push hard off that foot. Not being able to do that will effect his jump off the line, jumping ability, and he has also said that it hampers his ability to go side to side.

The earliest we will see Garcon return to the field next is against the Eagles in week 11. Following the Redskins game against the Panthers, Washington has a bye week. That will give Garcon more time to try to heal his foot.

Another thing to keep in mind about Pierre Garcon's injury is that it could require surgery. While a doctor told Garcon that he doesn't need surgery for it to heal (doing so would end his season), he will need to stay off of hit completely in order for it to heal the fastest.

As for now, Garcon and the Redskins are trying to avoid surgery by giving him plenty of rest. Expect Santana Moss to still have an impact on the passing game. He has been Griffin's top target with Garcon out. Another receiver that has felt the impact of Garcon's absence is Dezmon Briscoe. Briscoe has seen an elevation in playing time as the fourth receiver.

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Source: Washington Post