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Pierre Garcon Not Concerned About Right Foot Injury
NEW ORLEANS – Pierre Garçon injured his right foot early in the Washington Redskins’ 40-32 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, but he doesn’t expect the injury to cause him to miss any time.
Garçon sustained the injury with approximately three and a half minutes left in the first quarter on his 88-yard touchdown reception – a pass that traveled 16 yards before he took it an additional 72 to the end zone.
He had to outrun Saints cornerback Patrick Robinson to do so, but didn’t know specifically what on the play led to the soreness. Garçon did not return to the game for precautionary measures, but x-rays taken after the game did not show a break, head coach Mike Shanahan said.
“He was sore enough not to come back – and that was disappointing, because that was a heck of a catch and a run that he made,” Shanahan said.
Quarterback Robert Griffin III said Garçon, who crossed over the middle on the play, was his primary option, but a blitz by safety Malcolm Jenkins forced him to look elsewhere. He eventually returned to Garçon, throwing the ball slightly high but close enough to allow Garçon to grab it.
“I just really ran the route,” Garçon said. “I didn’t really see the coverage or anything like that. I ran the route, looked back for the ball and caught it, and then after that, it was a long run to the end zone.”
Garçon still finished with a team-high 109 receiving yards on four receptions while not even playing a quarter. He was replaced by Aldrick Robinson, who also caught four passes and had 52 yards and a touchdown.
“He made a lot of key plays for us,” Garçon said. “We really, really needed him. He didn’t slack off at all, and he did a good job for us.”