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
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:
To clarify, Pierre Garcon had minor labrum surgery in January. He's healthy now. Not participating in team drills as a precaution. #Redskins— Rich Campbell (@Rich_Campbell) May 23, 2013
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:
Shanahan: "I think @pierregarcon is really unbelievable. He's come back so fast...lifting weights he shouldn't be able to lift."— Redskins (@Redskins) May 23, 2013
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.
Is Pierre Garcon a legitimate No. 1 receiver?
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.