Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon is unlikely to play Sunday due to a right foot injury, though he wants to run and test it before the game against the St. Louis Rams, a team official told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Lost in the Griffin III hype is the strong Week 1 performance from the defense, led by Defensive Coordinator Jim Haslett. The Redskins held Saints quarterback Drew Brees’ completion percentage (46.2) below 50 percent for the first time in Brees’ last 88 games and the first time since the Giants accomplished the feat on Dec. 24, 2006. The defense forced five three-and-outs. The Rams enter the game 0-1 after falling to the Detroit Lions, 27-23, at Ford Field in Detroit last Sunday.
While Garcon certainly poses a big challenge to opposing defenses, he isn’t the only threat on the Redskins roster that can play the required role and execute the quick-release game plan of the Shanahans.
After executing that opening week game plan to perfection, the Skins offense didn’t miss a step with Garcon on the sidelines. Sure, they’ll miss his big play potential, but they won’t have to alter things in order to successfully nickel and dime the St. Louis Rams defense up and down the field.
In general, it’s a worthwhile question to ask about any young player. But I think part of what the Redskins (and many other teams) saw that they liked in Griffin was his remarkably grounded nature. If you’ve ever spoken to Griffin, or to his parents, as many of us had the pleasure of doing at and around the draft, this is not something that would concern you. I believe the Redskins did their homework on Griffin before trading all of the very high picks they traded to get him, and I’m certain they asked themselves this very question. But he doesn’t not strike you as the sort of person for whom this will be an issue. He’s driven and determined and, I am sure, far from satisfied with one game. He’s also a rookie quarterback, and there’s little reason to believe he won’t have some bumps in the road this year that will help keep him humble.