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After Latest Flare-Up, Redskins Will Exercise Caution With Pierre Garçon
ASHBURN – Mike Shanahan said Monday the Washington Redskins will exercise more caution with Pierre Garçon after the receiver missed another game with a lingering right foot injury.
Garçon, who has now missed three games this season, recently underwent an MRI on the foot which showed little more than inflammation in a ligament in the second toe, according to the head coach. Such an ailment has prevented Garçon from being able to push off strong enough at the snap and be an effective receiver.
“It’s just a little painful, so hopefully, with the rest and a little bit of time off, he’ll be able to go and the thing will heal up,” Shanahan said. “We’re just going to have to give it some time and hopefully it’ll heal quick.”
Garçon was expected to play Sunday in the Redskins’ 38-26 victory against Minnesota but the team decided after warmups that he would be inactive. He originally injured the foot on an 88-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter of the season opener at New Orleans on Sept. 9 and played in only two more games this season.
He declined to speak about the injury after practice on Friday, when he only went through select drills, and again after the game Sunday.
“You know I ain’t talking, man,” Garçon said. “I’m hurt. I’m on the injury report.”
Shanahan said if Garçon’s injury was turf toe, which is a similar sprain in the big toe, the Redskins would have shut him down and not allowed him to practice. Running back Roy Helu battled turf toe, amongst other injuries, earlier this season when he was placed on injured reserve, while tight end Niles Paul missed three games last year with it.
Garçon, signed to a five-year, $42 million contract in March after four seasons in Indianapolis, has caught seven other passes for 65 yards in addition to the touchdown reception against the Saints.
“Any time you lose a guy, you’re very disappointed, but the good thing about Pierre is he’s got a chance to come back and help us out down the stretch, and hopefully, it’s sooner rather than later,” Shanahan said.