Pierre Garcon Injury: Updates on Redskins WR's Hamstring and Return

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistAugust 6, 2014

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 22:  Pierre Garcon #88 of the Washington Redskins celebrates after scoring a touchdown in the third quarter during an NFL game against the Dallas Cowboys at FedExField on December 22, 2013 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Updates from Saturday, Aug. 9

Rich Tandler of RealRedskins.com reported on Pierre Garcon's status:

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.

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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:

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:

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."

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:

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.