Updates from Saturday, Aug. 9
Pierre Garçon is back on the field after missing most of last week and the preseason game. He and Griffin hooked up a few times.
Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon is set to miss the team's preseason opener against the New England Patriots due to a hamstring injury.
The Redskins noted his training camp work was disrupted Tuesday by the ailment:
Gruden said Pierre Garcon, Ryan Clark and Phillip Thomas were all limited or out today with minor hamstring issues.— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) August 5, 2014
Now, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post passed along the injury update from head coach Jay Gruden. Garcon was among the players listed as out for the exhibition clash:
Gruden says DeSean Jackson got cleated in practice. Pierre Garcon, Philip Thomas and Ryan Clark are out for tomorrow.— Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) August 6, 2014
Mike Jones of The Washington Post asked Garcon about the injury after practice Tuesday. He didn't provide much insight, however, simply replying: "It's just football."
Who's most likely to step up with Garcon sidelined?
The 27-year-old wideout is coming off a breakout campaign that saw him rack up 113 catches for over 1,300 yards and five touchdowns. The arrival of DeSean Jackson is expected to provide even more space for him to operate.
After dealing with a bothersome foot injury throughout his first season in Washington, which limited him to 10 games, Garcon appeared in all 16 contests last season.
Since it's still early in camp, the Redskins are probably just playing it safe to make sure his availability for the regular season isn't brought into question. Hamstring issues tend to linger if they aren't allowed to heal properly right away.
It's important he gets at least some practice time in as the team works on its new offense. Dianna Marie Russini of NBC Washington points out he's been working hard to get as many reps as possible in the early going:
Pierre Garçon never wants to change the amount of reps he takes even if it's raining. He's back playing 11 on 11 #Redskins— Dianna Marie Russini (@NBCdianna) August 1, 2014
The Redskins don't play their second preseason game until Aug. 18, giving Garcon plenty of time to rest and get back on the practice field. Barring any further setbacks, he will probably make his season debut in that contest.
Washington certainly needs him healthy for the regular season. Even with the arrival of Jackson, he figures to see plenty of targets from Robert Griffin III as the team tries to elevate its aerial attack after finishing in the middle of the pack last season.