Garcon (neck) is expected to be ready for the start of the 49ers' offseason program in mid-April, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Despite having underwhelming quarterbacks in Brian Hoyer and C.J. Beathard throwing to him in the first half of the season, Garcon was easily the team's most productive wideout with 40 catches for 500 yards through eight games before hitting injured reserve with a non-displaced neck fracture. Since he only needed eight weeks to recover from the injury, Garcon should enter 2018 with no health concerns and an even brighter fantasy outlook. The San Francisco offense blossomed after Jimmy Garoppolo stepped in as the team's starting quarterback for the final five games, raising the fantasy ceilings of all the team's pass catchers heading into the upcoming campaign. Look for Garcon to reclaim a starting role at wideout opposite Marquise Goodwin (concussion), who racked up 29 catches for 384 yards as the 49ers' No. 1 receiver in Garoppolo's starts.
The 49ers placed Garcon (neck) on injured reserve Saturday. San Francisco general manager John Lynch revealed earlier this week that Garcon would be shut down for the season with the neck injury, but the 49ers waited a couple of days before making the IR move official. The loss of Garcon, who paced all 49ers pass catchers with 40 receptions and 500 receiving yards, should open up more targets for the team's complementary receivers, with the likes of Marquise Goodwin, Trent Taylor and Aldrick Robinson all perhaps in line to see their volumes in the passing game increase.
According to general manager John Lynch, Garcon (neck) is being placed on injured reserve, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Garcon's neck injury was not originally believed to be serious and he expected to suit up Week 9 against the Cardinals. Apparently the situation is not nearly that simple. Garcon's 67 targets on the year are 21 more than any other 49ers pass catcher and his absence leaves a major hole in the team's offense. Marquise Goodwin, Trent Taylor and Aldrick Robinson can all expect to be more involved through the air going forward, but it wouldn't be surprising to see San Francisco sign a free agent wide receiver, especially since the trade deadline has now passed. Garcon will end the season with 40 receptions for 500 yards and no scores to his name.
Garcon (neck) isn't practicing Wednesday, Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee reports. Garcon injured his neck late in the second quarter of Sunday's 33-10 loss to the Eagles and never made it back into the game. He said afterward that he expects to be OK for the Week 9 contest against the Cardinals, but his absence from Wednesday's practice casts some doubt. The winless 49ers have little incentive to rush Garcon back into action, as his five-year contract suggests he's a part of the team's long-term plan despite his advanced age (31) by NFL standards. The Niners may have found another piece to that puzzle Tuesday when they acquired quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo from the Patriots in exchange for a second-round pick. While head coach Kyle Shanahan preached patience with the young signal caller after the acquisition, Garoppolo nonetheless should pick up some starts before the end of the season, likely amounting to an upgrade over current starter C.J. Beathard.
Garcon (neck) said he expects to play in Week 9 against the Cardinals, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Garcon was deemed questionable to return after exiting late in the second quarter of Sunday's 33-10 loss to the Eagles. He never made it back into the game, finishing with season-low marks for catches (two), receiving yards (17) and targets (four). While his postgame comments suggest the injury isn't too serious, Garcon didn't actually offer any specifics. Aldrick Robinson likely would pick up most of the vacated snaps if the 31-year-old wideout were to miss any time. Should he avoid a Week 9 absence, Garcon likely would draw shadow coverage from Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson.
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