OTAs play a dual role for NFL teams. They serve as a first opportunity to evaluate talent and ramp up training, while providing injured players the opportunity to rest and recuperate from off-season surgery. While most of the media’s attention has been focused on the progression of Robert Griffin’s knee, other significant injuries have flown under the radar. It was revealed last week that Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon underwent off-season surgery on his labrum. Mike Shanahan was impressed with his player’s progress, adding that he expects Garcon to be ready for July camp. In speaking with the media on Thursday, Garcon shared his coach’s optimism toward his shoulder: “The shoulder is good. There shouldn’t be any worries for me for the season coming up. So it should be good to go.”
However, Garcon is also rehabbing a nagging foot injury which he played through in 2012. During the opener at New Orleans, Garcon tore a ligament in his second toe. Doctors advised against surgery because the benefits did not outweigh the risks. The wideout was more tepid in his response to questions about his foot: “You never know. We could be playing on a bad field and something happens. Or we could be playing on a good field and something happens. I can’t predict what’s going to happen or how it’s going to be. But I’m going to continue to rehab it and continue to work at it and continue to monitor it.” With eight games being played at FedEx Field, Garcon should expect to test the theory of playing on bad fields early and often.
Garcon’s toe is a troubling development for Redskins fans. Spring OTAs are usually filled with unbridled optimism when it comes to injuries. Robert Griffin is “superhuman.” Brian Orakpo feels better than ever. When an athlete is less confident about his health, it usually smells trouble. As the most dynamic target for RG3, Garcon needs to be his speedy self come July.