Pierre Garcon cleared for full action following shoulder rehab


Garcon worked on the side with Robert Griffin III while held out of offseason practices earlier this year. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Wide receiver Pierre Garcon received clearance to practice fully when the Washington Redskins report to Richmond for training camp next week, a person with knowledge of the situation said Thursday.

Garcon, who earlier this offseason had surgery to repair the labrum in his right shoulder, had a checkup with Dr. James Andrews earlier this week and received a clean bill of health.

Garcon missed all of Washington’s offseason practices while recovering from the shoulder surgery. But he worked on the side with quarterback Robert Griffin III, catching passes from the quarterback during each offseason practice session.

Garcon at the time expressed confidence that he would be ready to go at the start of training camp.

The shoulder is good,” Garcon said in June. “There shouldn’t be any worries for me for the season coming up. So it should be good to go.”

Last season, after signing as a free agent in the spring of 2012, Garcon recorded a team-leading 633 receiving yards and four touchdowns in 10 games. He missed time because of torn ligaments in the second toe of his right foot – an injury that made it painful for him to push off, sprint or change directions – but finished off the second half of the season on a strong note after managing to play through the pain.

Garcon opted not to have surgery on his problematic toe because doctors couldn’t give him assurance that the procedure would correct the injury. He has worn inserts in his shoe to help support the toe and is expected to wear a custom-made shoe this coming season.

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Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.
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