Pierre Garcon is back for Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins.
The encouraging news coming from ESPN's Adam Schefter via Twitter prior to the team's Week 11 matchup:
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 team's most prized free-agent acquisition of the 2012 offseason was integral in the, at the time, stunning "upset" of the Saints in New Orleans in Week 1, when he totaled four receptions for 109 yards which included a marvelous 88-yard catch-and-run that spawned the famous "Griffining" pose from RG3.
Garcon played the next two weeks, but due to the foot injury he suffered on Kickoff Weekend, he mustered a total of only four grabs and 44 yards.
Griffin III has flourished for the majority of his rookie campaign without Garcon in the lineup, but the wideout's return certainly should increase the dynamic ability of Washington's offense today against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Let's update Garcon's fantasy outlook as he'll play in his first game since early October.
Garcon is healthy enough to be active, but that doesn't mean he won't play through any pain this afternoon, or that he's 100 percent.
Expect RG3 to look his way often whenever the explosive wideout is on the field, but one has to believe the Redskins coaching staff with ease Garcon back into the lineup.
The Eagles secondary is good, but it certainly isn't great and is occasionally vulnerable.
Don't be shocked if Griffin III airs at least one bomb Garcon's way, and look for the former Indianapolis Colt to finish the game with between five and seven targets, with that number fluctuating based on the level of pain Garcon feels throughout the course of the game.
After today's showdown with the Eagles, the Redskins play two more divisional games, before playing the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns in consecutive weeks.
Then, the penultimate game of the year is in Philadelphia and the season finale is home against the Cowboys.
Although Dallas has allowed the seventh-fewest passing yards this season, quarterbacks have accumulated a 90.3 average QB rating against them this season.
There should be plenty of big-play opportunities against the Ravens, Browns and the Giants down the stretch, too.
After shaking off the rust off this week, Garcon should quickly return to solid WR No. 2 status if he doesn't experience a setback to his previously injured foot.
Griffin III has demonstrated an ability to create dynamic plays as a passer and with one of the league's most susceptible defenses, Washington could find themselves in a many shootouts in the coming weeks.
So, monitor how much Garcon on the field this week, how many targets he receives and how productive he is.
He very well may be in for a resurgent end to the 2012 campaign, but we may not seem him break out again until next week.
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