Washington Redskins

Pierre Garcon: WR's Injury Will Bring Robert Griffin III Back to Earth

September 9, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon (88) runs after a catch during the first quarter of a game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
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Mike MoraitisAnalyst ISeptember 15, 2012

Pierre Garcon's status for the Washington Redskins game against the St. Louis Rams is in question, and his injury will almost single-handedly bring quarterback Robert Griffin III back down to Earth after a sensational rookie debut.

Per ESPN.com, Garcon is listed as questionable (foot) for Sunday's game and is being considered a game-time decision at best. Even if he does play, Garcon's foot will prevent him from being the same explosive receiver we saw last week.

In Week 1, Griffin III didn't look like a rookie at all. He was 19-of-26 with 320 yards and two touchdowns, one of which was caught by Garcon.

Garcon's injury will affect RG3 in a few ways.

Griffin III's touchdown pass to Garcon was an 88-yard score, and that type of explosive play wouldn't have been possible without his No. 1 receiver. Not many receivers in the game today can create space like Garcon can as evidenced by that big play.

Not having Garcon at 100 percent or in the lineup at all means RG3 will have one less weapon to beat the Rams deep with.

On top of that, Griffin III might find it a lot tougher to find an open receiver to throw to without Garcon on the field.

As one of the more talented receivers in the NFL, Garcon often commands double-teams when he lines up, effectively spreading opposing defenses thin.

Instead, St. Louis can focus on the other receivers on the field with single coverage, and that will make it much more difficult for Garcon's teammates to find space. In turn, Griffin III will struggle to find the open man and will need more time in the pocket as a result.

It remains to be seen if the Redskins offensive line can give RG3 that time.

Not only does Griffin III have a tougher defense to face this week, but he might have to do it without his No. 1 receiver. This will be the perfect storm that makes Week 2 a nightmare for Griffin III after a dream start to his NFL career.

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