Pierre Garcon Injury: Updates on Redskins WR's Recovery from Shoulder Surgery

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIIMay 23, 2013

LANDOVER, MD - JANUARY 06:  Pierre Garcon #88 of the Washington Redskins celebrates their first quarter touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC Wild Card Playoff Game at FedExField on January 6, 2013 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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Pierre Garcon is coming off of an injury-plagued inaugural campaign as the No. 1 receiver for the Washington Redskins. During Thursday's organized team activities, it was revealed that Garcon underwent labrum surgery this past January.

UPDATE: Thursday, July 25, at 1:33 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

NFL.com's Chris Wesseling reports the latest on Garcon:

The Washington Redskins sported a 9-1 record with wide receiver Pierre Garcon in the lineup last season. The coaching staff will be happy to know that he reportedly has been cleared for full participation in training-camp practices following offseason shoulder surgery.

Garcon received a clean bill of health in a checkup with Dr. James Andrews this week, The Washington Post reported Thursday. Garcon is planning to wear special shoes this season to help with a torn foot ligament, another issue that hampered him throughout the 2012 season.

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Rich Campbell of the Washington Times broke the news:

Garcon's quarterback, Robert Griffin III, is rightfully receiving a lot of attention for how quickly he is recovering from his surgically-repaired knee, but Garcon is making a swift recovery of his own.

Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan expressed his surprise with Garcon's progress, per the team's official Twitter page:

Despite missing six games in an offense that was heavily reliant on running the football, the 26-year-old playmaker still emerged as Washington's leader in the receiving corps. Garcon racked up a team-high 633 yards on 44 receptions to go along with four touchdown catches.

What ailed Garcon in 2012 was a torn ligament in his foot, which he's said may never completely heal.

Before that setback, he teamed with Griffin for the rookie signal-caller's first NFL touchdown on an electric 88-yard score in Week 1 against the New Orleans Saints:

Garcon opted against season-ending surgery. Instead, he came back after the bye week to become a key contributor to the Redskins' seven-game winning streak to end the regular season. It netted the franchise their first NFC East divisional crown since 1999.

The combination of Griffin's down-field accuracy and Garcon's speed gives the Redskins one of the most intriguing duos in the NFL.

Perhaps it's a dynamic that is being overlooked because of Garcon's extended time spent on the sidelines. However, when Garcon is in the lineup, he provides a deep threat that no one else on the current roster can replicate.

When Garcon caught at least one pass in a game last season, the Redskins' regular season record was 9-1.

As important as Griffin's return is to the success of the organization in 2013, it is also critical for him to be armed with Garcon, his premier weapon.