Pierre Garcon Injury: Updates on Redskins WR's Week 3 Status and Fantasy Value
Update: Sunday, Sept. 23 at 7:40 a.m. ET by Adam Wells
Robert Griffin III will be without one of his biggest downfield threats on Sunday against Cincinnati.
Redskins WR Pierre Garcon will not play today vs. Cincinnati.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 23, 2012
Garcon was one of the big free agents the Redskins signed this offseason to both open up their offense and help Griffin get integrated to the NFL quickly. He will be missing his second consecutive game due to a foot injury.
Given how quickly RG3 has taken to the NFL, he should not see a huge drop in production against a Bengals team that is giving up nearly 309 yards per game through the air.
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Update: Friday, Sept. 20 at 1:53 p.m. ET by Pete Schauer
The injury woes continue for Pierre Garcon, as the Redskins and Mike Shanahan are calling him doubtful for Washington's Week 3 matchup with the Bengals.
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Update: Thursday, Sept. 19 at 4:31 p.m. ET
Mike Shanahan on Garcon: "I never know for sure. You just gotta keep your fingers crossed. It is nagging him more than I thought it would."— Chris Russell (@Russellmania980) September 20, 2012
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Update: Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 4:26 p.m. ET
Pierre Garcon was "limited" in practice on Wednesday, according to John Keim of the Washington Examiner.
Keim tweeted on Wednesday:
Garçon was limited as wasjosh Wilson and meriweatherWilson has been cleared shanahan says— John Keim (@john_keim) September 19, 2012
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Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon has been out of the team's lineup since suffering a right foot injury in Week 1 against the New Orleans Saints.
Garcon's status is uncertain heading into Week 3 against Cincinnati, but he is likely much closer to being 100 percent than he was last week.
According to The Washington Post's Mark Maske, head coach Mike Shanahan kept Garcon on the sideline this past weekend in order to avoid "setting him back."
Here is Shanahan via Maske's report:
I felt like if we did play him, he might only play five or six plays, I just thought we might set him back.
Garcon was listed as inactive for the Redskins in Week 2 at St. Louis, according to ESPN's John Clayton via Twitter:
Pierre Garcon is officially inactive for the Redskins— John Clayton (@ClaytonESPN) September 16, 2012
Aldrick Robinson had just two receptions for 40 yards in place of Garcon in Washington's 31-28 loss at St. Louis this past weekend.
Redskins dont expect to have top WR Pierre Garcon Sun. Was unable to really even try to practice this week. Will workout pregame but...— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) September 16, 2012
Garcon caught four passes for 109 yards and a touchdown before injuring his foot after catching an 88-yard touchdown pass back on September 9 in the Redskins' 40-32 win over the Saints.
Despite coming out early, Garcon's effort was still a stellar one for fantasy football owners. The 26-year-old was among the top performing fantasy WRs in Week 1 and will certainly return to the top once he makes his way back onto the field.
Garcon's production on the outside has increased in every season since he burst onto the scene for the Indianapolis Colts in 2009.
He caught 47 passes for 765 yards and four touchdowns in 2009, helping the Colts reach the Super Bowl. The next season he recorded 67 catches for 784 yards and six scores. Last season Garcon had the best year of his career, catching 70 balls for 947 yards and six touchdowns.
Garcon has proven to be a reliable fantasy option over the past few years, and will no doubt see plenty of opportunities on a team that boasts a declining Santana Moss as its second-best wide receiving option.
Moss, 33, has just six catches for 61 yards through two games this season and has declined rapidly over the past two seasons. He went from a 1,100-yard receiver in 2010 to catching just 46 passes for 584 yards a season ago.
Garcon is clearly the top dog in Washington's receiving corps as a young, speedy target who can make things happen after the catch. That's why Garcon still holds tremendous fantasy value despite his injury.
He has quickly established a superb relationship with quarterback Robert Griffin III, who has already thrown for 526 yards and three touchdowns in two games this fall. And once he returns healthy, he will be Griffin's best option in the passing game.
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