Pierre Garcon Injury: Updates on Redskins WR's Week 4 Status and Fantasy Value
There still hasn’t been any good news concerning Pierre Garcon’s injured right foot.
UPDATE: Sunday, September 30 at 3:00 p.m. ET by Adam Wells
The news Redskins fans have been anxiously awaiting is very good. According to the team's Twitter, Garcon is not among the players listed on the inactive list.
#Redskins inactives: QB R. Grossman, WR A. Robinson, CB C. Griffin, RB R. Grant, S B. Meriweather, LB M. White, OG A. Gettis.— Redskins (@Redskins) September 30, 2012
While that is welcome news to everyone on the team, it should be noted that Adam Schefter's earlier report stated that the team wasn't going to turn him loose. Unless Mike Shanahan has the greatest poker face ever, Garcon could end up being more of a decoy than anything else.
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UPDATE: Sunday, September 30 at 8:20 a.m. ET by Adam Wells
There appears to be hope on the horizon for Garcon and the Redskins. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Garcon will likely be available for today's game against Tampa Bay, but there is a catch.
Though no decision will be made until pre-game, WR @pierregarcon is more likely to play than not. If he plays, will be on a pitch count.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 30, 2012
Garcon is the safety net that Robert Griffin III really depends on to open things up down the field. His absence changes a lot of what this offense is able to do, though the Buccaneers haven't exactly been a defensive juggernaut this season.
It will be interesting to see just how much the Redskins use Garcon if, in fact, he does make it out on the field.
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UPDATE: Friday, September 28 at 1:30 PM ET by Sam Westmoreland
More bad news on the Garcon front. While the wideout did take part in practice today, head coach Mike Shanahan listed the former Colt as questionable for Sunday's clash with Tampa Bay, according to a report from Redskins beat writer Grant Paulsen:
Mike Shanahan said Brandon Meriweather is probable to play. Trent Williams and Pierre Garcon are questionable. #Redskins— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) September 28, 2012
Obviously, this news is going to have Redskins and fantasy owners alike biting their nails come Sunday. Garcon has already established himself as one of Robert Griffin III's favorite targets, and Washington's offensive production will likely suffer without him. Stay tuned, as we'll likely have to wait till Sunday to find out if Garcon is a go.
UPDATE: Thursday, September 27 at 4:10 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp
We can now approach the "cautiously optimistic" phase of Garcon's Week 4 status, as he was limited in practice but did participate fully for the second day in a row. From Chris Russell of ESPN Radio 980:
Cedric DNP, Trent DNP, Garcon & Meriweather were limited says Mike Shanahan. #Redskins— Chris Russell (@Russellmania980) September 27, 2012
I would still be surprised if Garcon played this week, but it's not out of the question. Fantasy owners should go in a different direction, however.
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UPDATE: Wednesday, September 26 at 3:11 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin
Pierre Garcon said foot is much better and did a lot in practice like running routes. Not sure if he'll play Sunday, tho. #RedskinsTalk— Tarik El-Bashir (@TarikElBashir) September 26, 2012
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UPDATE: Monday, September 24 at 4:14 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin
Pierre Garcon is likely to be questionable all week as Mike Shanahan is unsure if his star WR will play in Week 4, according to Washington Post Redskins beat writer Mike Jones.
Shanahan still doesn't know if Brandon Meriweather or Pierre Garcon will be ready to play on Sunday.— Mike Jones (@MikeJonesWaPo) September 24, 2012
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The Washington Redskins receiver has missed the past two contests due to the injury he sustained in the first quarter of the season-opener.
Garcon helped to win that game against the New Orleans Saints by racking up 109 yards and a touchdown on just four receptions, but had to leave the game after hurting his foot on the scoring play.
He’s missed two losses against the St. Louis Rams and Cincinnati Bengals due to the soreness in his right foot. Coach Mike Shanahan isn’t exactly sure when the wideout will be able to return to action, telling ESPN on Friday:
"He either can do it or he can't," Shanahan said. "He pushed pretty hard today. He was just a little bit too sore. He got some good work in early. But until it gets good enough to go, there's always that question mark."
Shanahan spoke with the Associated Press this past Sunday, prior to the game, when Garcon was still hoping to suit up and noted that if the WR "can go live with the pain, and he feels like he can go full speed, then you let him go."
It obviously was too much for the 26-year-old to handle, and the ‘Skins prized offseason acquisition had to sit once again.
Washington has an impending matchup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this coming Sunday and will hopefully have its No. 1 WR back in the lineup for the contest.
Robert Griffin III, the ‘Skins rookie QB, has been performing well, but he’s been struggling to win without a reliable target like Garcon. RGIII will definitely be looking his way when he's out there.
Will you keep Garcon on your fantasy roster?
If you have the former Indianapolis Colts receiver in your fantasy league, he’s still worth holding on to due to the nature of the injury. He seems to be on the right track to getting healthy and could be a major asset come the fantasy postseason weeks.
Washington loves slinging the rock and has a high-scoring offense this year, which will obviously benefit Garcon when he is back on the field.
Don’t give up on the injury-plagued WR yet, as he could pay dividends.
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