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Not Yet At Full Strength, Pierre Garçon Still Makes His Presence Known
ARLINGTON, Texas – One of the major concerns for Pierre Garçon entering the Washington Redskins’ game at Dallas on Thursday was how well his injured right foot would hold up on the artificial turf at Cowboys Stadium.
As it turns out, the foot was just fine.
Garçon had five catches for 93 yards, including a 59-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter, in the Redskins’ 38-31 victory over the Cowboys.
Though his time on the field was limited as he recovers from the injury, Garçon made the most of it.
“I had a lot of adrenaline going tonight,” said Garçon, playing in his second game after missing four because of a torn plantar plate in the second toe of his right foot. “That kind of helped the pain go away – just getting used to it.”
Garçon’s touchdown reception, which came with 2:14 remaining in the second quarter, wasn’t the easiest of plays. It was, however, reminiscent of his first touchdown of the season – the 88-yard catch-and-run he had in the season opener at New Orleans on which he originally injured the foot.
The receiver grabbed quarterback Robert Griffin III’s throw, which was high and behind him, on a crossing route before he planted and cut upfield. He blew past cornerbacks Brandon Carr and Mike Jenkins, who pursued him all the way to the end zone.
Jenkins, upset at the play, then gave Garçon a shove with his elbow, sending him crashing into the wall before a flag was called for unnecessary roughness.
“He called the play, I pre-snap read the defense and I knew I was getting the ball,” Garçon said. “I looked for the ball. I jumped up, closed my eyes and prayed for it, caught it and stumbled a bit. I tried to give it everything I got and ran as hard as I could.”