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Pierre Garçon Noticing Improvement In Foot, But Still No Timetable For Return
ASHBURN – Pierre Garçon expects to have a better idea of whether he’ll be able to play for the Washington Redskins after the bye week, but right now, he’s uncertain.
“I wake up every day hoping that my foot is good to get back out there and play,” Garçon said. “It sucks sitting out this long. I didn’t think it would take this long, and you know, it’s just lingering around. It’s been a lot of pain.”
The receiver tore a plantar plate in the second toe of his right foot during an 88-yard touchdown catch during the first quarter of the season opener at New Orleans.
He tried to play and practice through the injury, but doctors advised him three weeks ago to rest the foot completely and avoid any type of football-related work. Should doing so not work, Garçon will need to make a decision on whether or not he should undergo surgery – something that would require a three- to four-month recovery, which he does not want to do.
“It will be a group decision between me, the coaches, the team, the organization,” Garçon said. “You know, we’re trying to avoid that at all possible cost, [but] at some time, you’ve got to be realistic and just have it and have successful surgery and recover from it.”
Playing in two games earlier this season wasn’t necessarily detrimental – the tear cannot get worse, but it can lead to other foot-related injuries – and Garçon still does not regret trying to play through the injury.
In three games, the receiver has caught eight passes for 153 yards, including four catches for 109 yards and the touchdown in the first quarter of the victory over the Saints.
“When I went out there and played and tried to give it my all, I tried to help out, and we – we, as in the organization – knew it wasn’t at 100 percent,” Garçon said. “It was just a decision that sometimes – most of the guys around here are playing with injuries, and while some can perform, some can’t. It’s just part of the game. You’ve just got to deal with it.”
The pain has lessened, Garçon said, since the initial tear, but it still hasn’t allowed him to set a target on a possible return.
“You know, as the season goes on, every game goes on, you think about it – ‘Just one more game,’” he said. “But if I get a chance to go back out there, I’m gonna give it everything I have and just play.”