49ers news: San Francisco WR Pierre Garcon on injured reserve
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San Francisco 49ers put WR Pierre Garcon on injured reserve

Pierre Garcon

The San Francisco 49ers are halfway towards a winless season. And now, their chances of completing that “perfect” 0-16 slate have increased a little bit more as they’ve placed top wide receiver Pierre Garcon on injured reserve due to a neck injury, ruling him out for the rest of the season.

Garcon suffered the injury in last week’s loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. His injury didn’t appear to be serious at the time, but further tests revealed otherwise and the team decided to place him on injured reserve.

The veteran receiver arrived in San Francisco this season as one of the first free agents that new general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan acquired in the offseason. At the time, they signed him to a five-year, $47 million deal. He’s easily been the team’s best receiver, leading the Niners with 40 catches for 500 yards through eight games.

Garcon becomes the third Niner to suffer a season-ending injury against the Eagles, joining safety Jimmy Ward and tackle Garry Gilliam. Left tackle Joe Staley and defensive end Solomon Thomas also suffered injuries, although both are expected back in a few weeks.

Garcon’s injury is a big hit to an already poor Niners passing attack which has just five receiving touchdowns all season, third-fewest in the NFL. With Garcon out, Aldrick Robinson will likely earn more snaps at receiver along with Marquise Goodwin and rookie Trent Taylor.

What will be interesting to monitor during the offseason is how Garcon, now a bit older, recovers from such a devastating injury.