Pierre Garcon Injury: Updates on Redskins WR's Recovery from Shoulder Surgery

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Pierre Garcon Injury: Updates on Redskins WR's Recovery from Shoulder Surgery
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Pierre Garcon is coming off of an injury-plagued inaugural campaign as the No. 1 receiver for the Washington Redskins. During Thursday's organized team activities, it was revealed that Garcon underwent labrum surgery this past January.

UPDATE: Thursday, July 25, at 1:33 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

NFL.com's Chris Wesseling reports the latest on Garcon:

The Washington Redskins sported a 9-1 record with wide receiver Pierre Garcon in the lineup last season. The coaching staff will be happy to know that he reportedly has been cleared for full participation in training-camp practices following offseason shoulder surgery.

Garcon received a clean bill of health in a checkup with Dr. James Andrews this week, The Washington Post reported Thursday. Garcon is planning to wear special shoes this season to help with a torn foot ligament, another issue that hampered him throughout the 2012 season.

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Rich Campbell of the Washington Times broke the news:

Garcon's quarterback, Robert Griffin III, is rightfully receiving a lot of attention for how quickly he is recovering from his surgically-repaired knee, but Garcon is making a swift recovery of his own.

Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan expressed his surprise with Garcon's progress, per the team's official Twitter page:

Despite missing six games in an offense that was heavily reliant on running the football, the 26-year-old playmaker still emerged as Washington's leader in the receiving corps. Garcon racked up a team-high 633 yards on 44 receptions to go along with four touchdown catches.

What ailed Garcon in 2012 was a torn ligament in his foot, which he's said may never completely heal.

Before that setback, he teamed with Griffin for the rookie signal-caller's first NFL touchdown on an electric 88-yard score in Week 1 against the New Orleans Saints:

Garcon opted against season-ending surgery. Instead, he came back after the bye week to become a key contributor to the Redskins' seven-game winning streak to end the regular season. It netted the franchise their first NFC East divisional crown since 1999.

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The combination of Griffin's down-field accuracy and Garcon's speed gives the Redskins one of the most intriguing duos in the NFL.

Perhaps it's a dynamic that is being overlooked because of Garcon's extended time spent on the sidelines. However, when Garcon is in the lineup, he provides a deep threat that no one else on the current roster can replicate.

When Garcon caught at least one pass in a game last season, the Redskins' regular season record was 9-1.

As important as Griffin's return is to the success of the organization in 2013, it is also critical for him to be armed with Garcon, his premier weapon.

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