When Bruce Allen addressed the media on Tuesday, he stated that one of the goals of Redskins OTAs was to get players healthy. “As we get through OTAs, we’ll see if there’s anybody out there who can enhance our roster,” Allen said. “But right now we feel pretty comfortable with the 90 we have. We’re just short in depth in a couple areas because some players are still mending.” Two of those players on the mend, Josh Wilson and Pierre Garcon, are recovering from similar injuries to the labrum.
Wilson played through injury at the end of the 2012 season and underwent off-season surgery on his labrum and pectoral muscle. According to Rich Campbell of The Washington Times, the damage was more extensive than doctors had expected. According to Mike Shanahan, Wilson is recovering well and hopes to be a part of training camp: “He played through it the whole season. It was sore and he played through it. Then he went in there for surgery and it was worse than they thought it was. He’s feeling pretty good.”
Garcon also is recovering from off-season surgery to a tear in his labrum. The wide receiver first announced on NFL Live Thursday. Shanahan was even rosier about Garcon’s prospects: “I mean anytime you get operated on like he did and you’re able to come back as quickly as he has. I was watching him this morning in the weight room and he’s lifting weights he shouldn’t be able to lift. He’s in excellent shape, so I’ll be surprised if he’s not full speed and ready to go once we go to training camp.”
While injuries to players like Robert Griffin and Fred Davis were highly publicized, these injuries flew under the radar and first became apparent to the media on Thursday when the Redskins released a list of players who had not been medically cleared to participate in OTA drills. Both players will need to be healthy if the Redskins hope to make a repeat trip to the post-season.