Garcon will undergo season-ending arthroscopic knee surgery and be placed on injured reserve this week, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. For the second time in as many campaigns with the 49ers, Garcon is landing on IR, ensuring his least productive year (24-286-1) since he was a rookie in 2008. Overall, he accounted for 64 catches (on 113 targets) for 786 yards and one touchdown in 16 games while working with an array of quarterbacks in San Francisco. While Garcon is under contract through the 2021 season, the 32-year-old wide receiver could be a roster casualty in the offseason as a means to free up cap space.
The 49ers ruled Garcon (knee) out for Sunday's contest versus the Broncos, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports. Garcon hasn't demonstrated an ability to get healthy for the better part of two months. The knee injury will keep him on the sideline Sunday for the fifth time in six games. With Marquise Goodwin back from his personal issue, the 49ers' receiving corps will be nearly intact Sunday. Behind Goodwin, expect Dante Pettis and Kendrick Bourne to continue seeing significant snap counts in Garcon's absence.
Garcon (knee) didn't practice Thursday, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports. Perhaps Garcon was taking a test run of his knee with his limited showing at Wednesday's practice, but his downgrade to no participation Thursday isn't a good sign that a return is possible Sunday against the Broncos. If he's ruled out on Friday's injury report, it would mark his fifth absence in six games. In such a scenario, Marquise Goodwin and Dante Pettis would serve as the top wide receivers for Nick Mullens versus Denver's 23rd-ranked pass defense (260.8 yards per game).
Garcon (knee) wasn't on the field for the media-access portion of Thursday's practice, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports. Garcon appeared to increase his odds of avoiding a fourth straight absence Sunday against the Broncos when he opened the week as a limited practice participant, but his lack of activity a day later once again puts his gameday status in jeopardy. It's possible the 49ers were deliberately building in a rest day for the veteran, but unless Garcon practices fully Friday, he'll more than likely carry a designation for Week 14. Even if Garcon ultimately gains clearance to suit up this weekend, it wouldn't be surprising if he played a more limited role than usual with Marquise Goodwin (personal) set to return from a two-game absence and rookie Dante Pettis having made a case for increased snaps through his standout play the past two weeks.
Garcon (knee) practiced in a limited fashion Wednesday, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports. Before he was ruled out for a third consecutive game last week, Garcon maintained limited listings on practice reports, so progressing to a full showing would be the most definitive development that a return is possible Sunday against the Broncos. He'll have two more opportunities to do just that before the 49ers will be mandated to post his odds to play this weekend. If he's able to suit up, Garcon will have to vie for targets with fellow wideout Marquise Goodwin, who missed the last two contests due to a personal issue, as well as emerging rookie Dante Pettis (nine receptions for 206 yards and three touchdowns between Weeks 12 and 13).
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