Report: Garcon cleared for training camp

Report: Garcon cleared for training camp
July 18, 2013, 6:15 pm
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BY DANIEL SHIFERAW, CSNWASHINGTON.COM


There may still be plenty of uncertainty surrounding the health of Robert Griffin III as training camp approaches, but it seems the quarterback's top receiving target received good news Thursday. 

According to Mike Jones of The Washington Post, Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon has been cleared by team orthopedist Dr. James Andrews to practice fully when the team opens camp on July 25th. 

Garcon missed most of the offseason workouts while recovering from shoulder surgery and a lingering toe injury from last season.  He was held out of team activities during OTAs and minicamp, but was seen working out on another practice field along with other rehabbing players, including Griffin.

Garcon, who was the team's top free agent acquisition a year ago, missed six games last season due to the toe injury suffered in Week 1 against the New Orleans Saints.

But despite playing with the nagging injury, Garcon's impact was felt when he was healthy. He led the team in receiving yards with 633 -- including a team-high 325 after the catch -- and hauled in four touchdown passes. He along with Griffin and running back Alfred Morris helped spark the offense during the team's seven game win streak that led to a playoff berth. As a result, the Redskins were 9-1 when he was on the field, and 1-5 when he was out of the lineup. 

Garcon's medical clearance is a boon for a Redskins offensive skill position group that still has plenty of health questions to be answered as camp begins.