For the second time in as many seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, receiver Pierre Garcon will finish his season on injured reserve after showing in simply eight video games.
Niners coach Kyle Shanahan stated Monday that Garcon is about to have arthroscopic knee surgery on Tuesday, and the crew will place him on season-ending IR later this week.
Garcon has not performed for the Niners since a Week 9 win towards the Oakland Raiders as a result of of lingering knee points that flared up in Week 6.
Whereas Garcon has practiced within the time since and hoped to get again on the sphere, he realized he wanted to do one thing about it.
“We waited on Pierre for a bit,” Shanahan stated. “It was going very constructive for some time. That is why I felt actual good about it. However we got here again from that bye week, and it had gotten worse. We tried out hardest final week. He went out and went full-go Wednesday. It swelled up on him, prompted him loads of ache, and after having that very same factor via nearly most of the 12 months, particularly it was the week earlier than the Inexperienced Bay sport that it actually began coming, it was simply lingering too lengthy the place P knew he had to get one thing finished. So we had to shut him down now.”
In eight video games this season, Garcon had 24 receptions for 286 yards and a landing. These numbers got here after a 2017 season through which Garcon appeared within the first eight video games earlier than struggling a season-ending neck harm towards the Philadelphia Eagles. He had 40 catches for 500 yards earlier than the harm.
Garcon can now get his knee taken care of, however he’ll head into the offseason with some uncertainty about his future.
Garcon signed a five-year, $47.5 million take care of the Niners on March 9, 2017. Though the Niners are chargeable for the $7.2 million left of his prorated $12 million signing bonus, the remaining of his contract is comprised of a collection of choice years, and the Niners might get out with none extra monetary penalty.
The 49ers have till the top of the 2018 league 12 months in March 2019 to train that choice. Shanahan indicated that no choice might be made instantly on Garcon’s future with the crew, however he stated Garcon, 32, plans to proceed taking part in.
“I noticed P in coaching camp when his knee wasn’t bothering him,” Shanahan stated. “He was taking part in at a excessive degree. It is very exhausting to try this if you’re not wholesome, particularly the age these guys are at. Hopefully they will get wholesome this offseason, and then you definately’ve bought to make selections. You do not simply get rid of folks to get rid of folks. They’re all good gamers, good folks, folks we love right here, however you are at all times making an attempt to enhance and get higher. That is what we see. What is the competitors you may create? What are the choices on the market?”
As for the short-term, Shanahan stated a call hasn’t been made on who will take Garcon’s spot on the roster, although he acknowledged that there are a number of choices.