Washington Redskins‘ fans had to be alarmed last week, when Pierre Garcon came out and said that he likely won’t be 100% by week one. The talented wide receiver is still rehabbing from the ligament injury in his right foot, that sidelined him for six games last year. This is most definitely concerning, but at what level?
While it’s not good, fans shouldn’t be pushing the panic button, either. Garcon was still very productive in the 10 games he did play last season, hauling in 633 yards and four touchdowns. He wasn’t at 100% for most of the season, so it’s clear he can play through this injury. An offseason of rehab and recuperation, should be enough to get him near full strength. It sounds like one of those injuries you can’t make worse, but one that will only heal with time.
Can the Redskins count on Garcon for 16 games? He’s only played in all 16 games one time in his five-year career, so the odds are against it. But, barring any other injuries or setbacks, Garcon should easily play in 14 games. Whether he can be the reliable No. 1 guy over the long-term, is another issue. For now, it’s just important he gets back to the field as healthy as possible.
Washington needs more from Garcon this season than they got in 2012. He has to step up his game, or the team will have a hard time taking its next step. The Redskins can count on him for now, but if he has another injury-ridden season, they may have to reconsider.
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