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Friday, August 8, 2014

Redskins Injury Update: Garcon and DJax healthy but not active

By on 8/08/2014 03:45:00 PM

As the NFL 2014 preseason began last Sunday with the Hall of Fame game, a majority of the rest of the league played their first season game last night. Most of the teams' starters played in one or two series as to prevent injuries during the whole game. This lets the newer players fight for a spot to shine and make the final 53 man roster, the veterans watched and encouraged from the bench. The Washington Redskins were exception to this rule, as their starting squad played only for a few minutes. Perhaps what was most notable was the absence of newly-acquired DeSean Jackson and veteran Pierre Garcon. Both receivers stood with many others on the sidelines while rumors of their health swarmed the stands. According to a tweet by Albert Beer, the two dynamic receivers were out for precautionary reasons.

The wide receiver corps should be a position of strength for the Redskins this fall, as they have added Arizona's Andre Roberts and Philadelphia's Jackson to their already impressive squad of Pierre Garçon and Santana Moss. Garcon and Jackson were both sitting on the sideline with minor injuries, the fact that Breer failed to mention in his Tweet:
Breer also mentions safety Ryan Clark, a free-agency acquisition from the Pittsburgh Steelers. According to Mike Jones of the Washington Post, Clark and Garcon were sidelined last night to minor hamstring injuries.
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Wshington Post Mike Jones also reported on Wednesday that Jackson had left practice due to an ankle injury while guarding Darrelle Revis. In Philly, Jackson has amassed a regular season career 356 receptions, 6,117 yards and 32 touchdowns in 87 games. Garcon has posted regular season numbers of 345 receptions, 4,498 yards and 25 touchdowns in 84 games played. Do the Redskins need these men? Of course they do.

Often writing and supporting the Redskins, Tarik El-Bashir from CSN posted this on Twitter:
While all this may seem alarming to Redskins fans, one must remember that most, if not all, are precautionary measures. Garcon, Jackson, Clark and multiple others are playing it safe.

As this writer knows all too well, season-ending injuries are way too familiar in training camp. If you are Redskins fan, sit back, relax, and let the players and trainers do their job.

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