Pierre Garcon was the Redskins' most prominent free agent signing last offseason. He got off to a blazing start in 2012, catching four passes for 109 yards, including an 88-yard touchdown in the first quarter, of Washington's 40-32 win over the New Orleans Saints.
But Garcon hurt his foot in the game and hasn't played much since. He's been on the sideline for the last several games and was diagnosed with a plantar plate tear in his foot.
The injury is not incredibly serious, but it is enough to keep Garcon's status as "week-to-week." That being said, his presence on the Redskins cannot be understated.
Garcon might not be back for a few more weeks. The Redskins offense has been lights out without him, but that may not continue as defenses begin to figure out how to defend Robert Griffin III and his talents.
Here are five reasons why the Redskins need Garcon back, before their playoff hopes take a nosedive.