Pierre Garcon Injury: Latest Updates on WR's Week 2 Status and Fantasy Value

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Pierre Garcon Injury: Latest Updates on WR's Week 2 Status and Fantasy Value
Source: The Washington Post

Pierre Garcon could have been a major impact player in his first year with the Washington Redskins, now that they appear to have a competent quarterback in Robert Griffin III.

But, there's a possibility that it might take a little longer than expected for us to discover just how good he can be. 

The wide receiver suffered a foot injury in the first half of the Redskins' 40-32 opening-week victory over New Orleans, according to the Sporting News' John Keim, and he didn't return. 

 

UPDATE: Sunday, Sept. 16, 2:45 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon will not play against the St. Louis Rams in Week 2. 

The Rams reported via Twitter that the speedy wide out will not be active for today's game. 

Garcon will not be scoring points for the Redskins or fantasy football owners this week, and he should be promptly removed from any team's starting lineup.  

 

UPDATE: Sunday, Sept. 16, 8:15 a.m. ET by Patrick Clarke

Pierre Garcon is unlikely to play on Sunday against the St. Louis Rams because of his foot injury suffered in Week 1 at New Orleans. But he wants to test it out on the field before kickoff according to ESPN's Adam Schefter via Twitter:

 

Stay tuned for more information on Garcon's status as it becomes available.

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UPDATE: Saturday, Sept. 15, 10:15 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

Pierre Garcon is not likely to play when the Redskins face the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, according to CBS Sports reporter Jason La Canfora.

"I'd be really surprised if he played at this point. It's pretty hard to play when the first time you really even try it is before the game," La Canfora's source stated.

This is certainly a blow for the Redskins and RG3. Garcon and the Redskins' signal-caller have an obvious rapport together, and they could have built on that in Week 2.

Stay tuned for more information as Sunday approaches.

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UPDATE: Friday, Sept. 14, 1:47 p.m. ET by Justin Welton

 

According to Rich Campbell of The Washington Times, Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said that Garcon's foot has improved and that he'll be a game-time decision for Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams:

Garcon caught four passes for 109 yards and a touchdown last week against the New Orleans Saints' defense.

St. Louis' defense gave Matthew Stafford all kinds of trouble last week in Detroit forcing three interceptions. Robert Griffin III wouldn't want to see one of his favorite targets on the sideline against that improved pass defense led by head coach Jeff Fisher. 

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UPDATE: Thursday, Sept. 13, 4:00 p.m. ET by Tim Keeney

Yesterday's report may have been optimistic, but the news surrounding Pierre Garcon on Thursday isn't nearly as encouraging. 

The report comes from ESPN980 in Washington:

 

Garcon was without a doubt Robert Griffin III's favorite target early against the New Orleans Saints, but it sounds as though the rookie will have to look elsewhere for most of Week 2, if not all of it. 

There's still one more serious practice of the week, so Garcon still has a chance to prove us wrong, but as it stands now, his status isn't looking good.

This opens things up for Aldrick Robinson, who pulled in four catches for 52 yards and a score last Sunday. 

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Sept. 12, 3:30 p.m. ET by Donald Wood 

After suffering a foot injury in the first half of the Redskins beat-down of the New Orleans Saints, Washington wide receiver Pierre Garcon has told media that he is feeling great, but there is still reason for concern.

Redskins beat writer Rich Campbell of The Washington Times is reporting on Twitter about what Garcon had to say about his injury:

While it is possible that Garcon is 100-percent fine, the fact that he didn’t return to the game Sunday proves that there was likely something more severe than reported. Either way, he is likely to give it a go for the team’s Week 2 meeting with the St. Louis Rams.

 

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Even in his limited playing time, Garcon still managed to make his presence felt, registering a team-high 109 receiving yards on four receptions with a touchdown. According to The Washington Times' Stephen Whyno, his 88-yard touchdown catch accounted for Washington's longest pass play since 1987. 

The details regarding the injury are still unclear; Keim reports that X-rays on the foot were negative, which seems to be a good sign, as does the fact that Garcon insists he'll be ready for Week 2 at the Rams, according to a different report from Whyno. After the game, Garcon told him:

I’m feeling good. Should be good to go next week. We’ll get it checked on, I’ll be ready back for St. Louis.

But until we know more about the extent of the injury, it is difficult to predict what Garcon's status will be for next week.

What does this mean for Garcon's fantasy value? If he doesn't play, obviously, it means a lot—but that doesn't seem to be a realistic concern for anybody, at this point.

Even if he's limited in Week 2, Garcon is still going to get a handful of targets, as it was obvious even from Sunday's limited evidence that RG3 and Garcon have already established a good rapport. If he's totally healthy, Garcon figures to be Griffin's prime target once again; if he's not 100 percent, he can still be expected to receive enough targets to make an impact.

Look at his line from Sunday. He only had four targets, but he made all four catches and averaged 27.3 yards per reception (granted, a number that has been distorted by that 88-yarder).

It will be important to stay vigilant about updates on Garcon's status all week. While it doesn't appear that anyone should be all that concerned that he's going to miss Sunday's game, you never know. If he gets on the field next week, he'll make an impact, and most likely, he'll get on the field.

Watch this space for all updates regarding Garcon's injury, and what it means for his fantasy value in Week 2.

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