Pierre Garcon Injury: Redskins WR Reportedly Inactive vs. Rams in Week 2

Alex Kay@AlexPKayCorrespondent ISeptember 16, 2012

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
Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

Washington Redskins star receiver Pierre Garcon will be absent from Sunday’s contest against the St. Louis Rams.

According to the Rams' official Twitter feed, the wideout—who injured his right foot in Washington’s season-opener against the New Orleans Saints—will not suit up against them today.

Of note for Washington, WR Pierre Garcon is inactive with a foot injury. S Brandon Merriweather also inactive.

— St. Louis Rams (@STLouisRams) September 16, 2012

After hauling in an 88-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter of that contest against the Saints, Garcon suffered what coach Mike Shanahan is calling a “turf toe”-like injury.

He left the game and did not return, finishing the day with four catches for 109 yards and a touchdown.

That statistical outburst, all in less than 15 minutes of playing time, had intrigued fantasy owners and Redskins fans.

Unfortunately, we won’t be able to see if the rapport between rookie QB Robert Griffin III and the 26-year-old receiver was a one-time thing or the real deal.

Garcon just wasn’t able to play through the pain, which is what the ‘Skins coach said would be the determining factor on Friday.

“If he can go live with the pain and feels like he can go full speed, then you let him go,” Shanahan said, according to Zac Boyer of the Free Lance-Star. “If it’s a situation where you’re going to make it a lot worse, then obviously the chances of him playing aren’t very good. But right now, it’s pain tolerance, and we’ll see before the game. Obviously, he can take something and help himself a little bit, so we’ll get a little workout before the game and we’ll know then.”

Josh Morgan, Santana Moss, Leonard Hankerson and Aldrick Robinson are all in line to get the targets that Garcon would normally receive, but the latter should especially see an increase in the usage against the Rams.

Garcon—who came over from the Indianapolis Colts during the offseason—was given a five-year, $42.5 million deal to be the ‘Skins No. 1 WR.

He was certainly living up to his billing before the injury, with the long TD reception signifying to Washington fans everywhere that their team didn’t make the wrong call in free agency.

However, this right foot injury is concerning and hopefully isn’t a reoccurring problem for Garcon once he takes the field again.

Keep it tuned here on B/R for the latest news, updates, opinions and analysis on Pierre Garcon’s foot injury, the fantasy impact it makes and when he can possibly return.