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Pierre Garcon: ‘I Can’t Say If I Will Be Able To Go Sunday’ At Tampa Bay
ASHBURN – Pierre Garçon said he doesn’t know if he will be able to play for the Washington Redskins on Sunday against Tampa Bay because of a sprained ligament in his right foot but is “getting better.”
“I can’t say if I will be able to go on Sunday or not,” said Garçon, who discussed the injury for the first time in almost two weeks. “It’s nagging a lot more than anybody would have expected and wanted it to, but as you know, football is a game of injuries. You’ve got to deal with it and come back and play.”
Garçon said he injured the foot during his 88-yard touchdown reception against New Orleans on Sept. 9, though it wasn’t when he tried to avoid Patrick Robinson’s diving tackle in the end zone. Rather, it was at some point near the beginning of the play.
The Redskins coaches limited Garçon in practice again on Wednesday.
“It’s very frustrating, but it’s part of football,” Garçon said. “You have to deal with problems as they come. You can do only what you can do. [I’m] trying to heal up as fast as I can and get back out there to help the team.”
The receiver is in his first season with the team after signing a five-year, $42.5 million contract in March. He caught four passes for 109 yards and the touchdown against the Saints, but left the game against New Orleans after eight plays and before the end of the first quarter.
“I didn’t know at all what kind of injury it was,” Garçon said. “It’s nagging a lot more than anybody would have expected and wanted it to, but as you know, football is a game of injuries. You’ve got to deal with it and come back and play.”
Garçon said he hasn’t experienced any setbacks with the injury, which head coach Mike Shanahan has described as an issue of “pain tolerance” and is similar to turf toe in the ball of his foot.
“It’s just a lot of pain,” Garçon said. “I’ve got to take some time off of it to let it heal up properly and to get back out there at full strength.”