Pierre Garcon Injury: Updates on Redskins WR's Status and Fantasy Value

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistOctober 25, 2012

TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 30:  Wide receiver Pierre Garcon #88 of the Washington Redskins celebrates a 24- 22 win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers September 30, 2012 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. ( Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon may have an official prognosis on his injured foot, but that does not mean he's any closer to returning to the lineup.

UPDATE: Sunday, November 18 at 11:50 a.m. ET by Alex Kay

Pierre Garcon is going to start for the Washington Redskins on Sunday, according to CSN's Tarik El-Bashir.

Garcon and Meriweather will start. #RedskinsTalk #Redskins

— Tarik El-Bashir (@TarikCSN) November 18, 2012

Fantasy owners should have Garcon in their starting lineup as well, as the wideout has potential for a big day against the Philadelphia Eagles in an NFC East rivalry matchup.


UPDATE: Sunday, November 18 at 9:45 a.m. ET 

Pierre Garcon confirmed he will play Sunday and shed light on what the team is doing to alleviate any pain and prevent further injury, according to ESPN's Josina Anderson.

Redskins WR Pierre Garcon just told me he is playing today. He's also planning to wear a customized orthotic in his cleat for extra cushion.

— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) November 18, 2012

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UPDATE: Sunday, Nov. 18 at 9:00 a.m. ET by Alex Kay

ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that Garcon is expected to play against the Philadelphia Eagles today.

Redskins WR Pierre Garcon (foot), S Brandon Merriweather (knee) expected to play; Michael Turner will play; Julio Jones game-time decision.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 18, 2012

The star WR has had trouble with his foot since the start of the season, but had a fortunate Week 10 bye to get healthy and back on the field this Sunday.

We'll keep you updated right here when we know his status for sure prior to the 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff.

UPDATE: Friday, Nov. 16 at 2:41 p.m. ET

This comes straight from Garcon himself, who proclaims to Bill Campbell of the Washington Times and ESPN 980 that he is ready to roll for the Redskins' game on Sunday against Philadelphia:

WR Pierre Garcon (right foot): "I should be good to go on Sunday." #Redskins

— Rich Campbell (@Rich_Campbell) November 16, 2012

This is great news for anyone that has any stake in the Redskins' organization, and it should be exciting to see what Garcon and QB Robert Griffin III can do in their first healthy action together since Week 1.

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UPDATE: Friday, Nov. 16 at 12:01 p.m. ET by Matt Fitzgerald

ESPN 980 in Washington, D.C. broke some fantastic potential news on Twitter about Garcon's status for Sunday's home game against the Philadelphia Eagles:

Source on Pierre Garcon to play Sunday? "I think he will go." #Redskins #Eagles

— ESPN 980 (@ESPNRadio980) November 16, 2012

Dynamic QB Robert Griffin III has definitely missed his No. 1 receiver, as Garcon has only managed to play in three games in 2012. Garcon provides a viable deep threat when healthy, and should be considered as a spot start option for fantasy purposes if he's able to go in this NFC East showdown.

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UPDATE: Monday, Nov. 5 at 1:35 p.m. ET by Tim Daniels

Garcon is expected back on the practice field this week to test his injured foot, according to Grant Paulsen of 106.7 The Fan in Washington.

I'm told the plan for Pierre Garcon is to return to practice, limited at first and more as the week progresses to see how his foot responds.

— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) November 12, 2012

Even though it's a sign of progress for the Redskins wideout, he's not out of the woods yet. If his foot doesn't respond well to practice, it's unclear what the team would do. It's no guarantee he'll make his way back into the lineup before season's end.

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UPDATE: Monday, November 5 at 5:42 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

News surrounding Garcon remains bleak with a report by ESPN Radio 980's Chris Russell:

Shanahan "I really dont know" about Garcon/Meriweather. Says he feels better about Brandon than Garcon.

— Chris Russell (@Russellmania980) November 5, 2012

At least things are up in the air, but Garcon's chances at making an impact this season are dwindling. As long as he's not on the injured reserve, anything's possible, but playing seems unlikely at this point.

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UPDATE: Sunday, November 4 at 12:35 p.m. ET by Mike Shiekman

The Redskins were resigned with the fact that Garcon would not be available in Week 9. This foot injury may keep him out for the rest of the year, as Gregg Rosenthal reported in his NFL Around the League blog (via NFL.com's Jason La Canfora):

Garcon could be shut down for the season if his injury does not improve by the end of his team's bye week. Washington is off next week after they host Carolina on Sunday.

If the 'Skins go through with it, this would be a major disappointment for Garcon, who has only played in three games this season.

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UPDATE: Sunday, November 4 at 11:33 a.m. ET by Mike Shiekman

It seems Pierre Garcon foot still hasn't healed enough to give it a go Week 9 vs. Carolina. The door was shut on Garcon's availability after the Redskins' injury report was released Sunday morning (via ESPNRadio980):

Richard Crawford, Rex Grossman, Brandon Meriweather, Maurice Hurt, Pierre Garcon, Adam Gettis, Doug Worthington are #Redskins inactives

— ESPN 980 (@ESPNRadio980) November 4, 2012

Garcon hasn't been able to stay healthy since suffering a toe injury in Week 1. The woes continue for the Redskins' receiver who was supposed to be Robert Griffin's deep threat this season.

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UPDATE: Thursday, November 1 at 8:38 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Pierre Garcon (foot) won't play in Week 9 vs. Carolina, according to Washington Post's Mike Jones per head coach Mike Shanahan.

Shanahan said that receiver Pierre Garcon(toe) did not practice and won’t try to play until after the bye.

---End of Update---

UPDATE: Sunday, Oct. 28 at 11:45 a.m. ET by Justin Welton

It seemed unlikely that Garcon would be ready for Sunday's game at Pittsburgh and our expectations are officially a reality.

According to the Washington Redskins' Twitter feed, Garcon is listed as an official inactive.

#Redskins inactives: QB R. Grossman, OG A. Gettis, OG J. LeRibeus, WR P. Garcon, S B, Meriweather, CB R. Crawford, DE D. Worthington. #HTTR

— Redskins (@Redskins) October 28, 2012

Garcon developed great chemistry with quarterback Robert Griffin III to start the season, but his inability to stay on the field has put the rookie in a slight hole.

Luckily for Washington, Griffin doesn't seem like your regular rookie quarterback. He has found other ways to make the offense flow. 

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According to the Washington Examiner's John Keim, Garcon has been diagnosed with a tear of the Plantar Plate, which is what most had speculated to begin with.

As for surgery to repair the tear? That's not happening, according to Keim—at least not yet.

Via the Washington Examiner:

As reported earlier this week, Garcon said surgery is not in the plans right now – only rest. However, if his toe/foot does not respond it could be something that happens at some point.

“I’ve never had surgery before and I want to keep my streak alive,” Garcon said. “It could be a possibility.”

In Washington, Garcon's continued absence has to be a source of frustration. After signing a five-year, $42.5 million contract in the offseason, it was expected that 26-year-old deep threat would instantly become Robert Griffin III's top target.

Unfortunately, the injury has limited Garcon to playing in part of three games, wherein he has just eight receptions for 153 yards.

For fantasy owners, this uncertainty makes Garcon droppable in all formats. His potential is through the roof with Griffin, but the Redskins' offense has thrived without him—meaning the team can afford to be as conservative as possible.

If you have an open injured reserve spot in your league, feel free to stash him there. There is still hope that Garcon will return and thrive when he's fully healthy. 

However, if you're still expecting Garcon's first year in Washington to garner career-best production, it may be best just to cut bait and move on.


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