Although the sky appears to the limit for this team led by rising star Robert Griffin III, the team dealt with some injuries during the regular season and playoffs that may have prevented the Redskins from making a deeper run in the postseason.
Griffin’s knee injury has been well documented with the up-and-coming quarterback going down with a torn ACL in the playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks, but it was wide receiver Pierre Garcon’s nagging foot injury that may have held the team back from reaching its true potential in 2012.
Fortunately, despite missing six games with the injured foot in 2012, Garcon won’t require off-season surgery to repair the injury according to John Keim of the Washington Examiner:
Redskins receiver Pierre Garcon won’t need surgery to repair a plantar plate in his right foot, barring a setback, according to a league source. Garcon did not know after the season whether or not he’d need surgery, but the second toe on his right foot is healing and more rest is the prescription, the source said.
In 10 games played in 2012, Garcon caught 44 passes for 633 yards and four touchdowns in his first season with the Redskins.
Garcon was considered to be one of the team’s biggest off-season acquisitions alongside rookies Griffin and Alfred Morris. With Griffin showing an ability to be a force in the passing game as well as the running game, Garcon was thought to quickly become the rookie’s favorite target and may have been just that had he have stayed healthy over the course of 16 games.
With a healthy Garcon and Griffin, the Redskins will continue to be a team on the rise in the NFC next season and a scary sight for any opposing defense.