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Though It Remains An Option, Pierre Garçon Strongly Against Right Foot Surgery
ASHBURN – Pierre Garçon remained adamant Monday that he didn’t want to undergo surgery on his right foot, but admitted that the decision won’t be entirely up to him.
“We’ll get some experts’ opinions,” said Garçon, who tore the plantar plate in the second toe of his right foot in the opener and missed six games. “A lot of them say I need surgery, which I think I might not need surgery. But we’ll see it how it goes.”
The team’s marquee free agent signing – he signed a five-year, $42.5 million contract after four years in Indianapolis – Garçon finished his first year with 44 catches for 633 yards and four touchdowns. He had four catches for 50 yards in the Redskins’ 24-14 playoff loss to Seattle on Sunday.
Garçon originally injured the foot during an 88-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter against New Orleans on Sept. 9 and missed the last three quarters of that game. After sitting out the next two, Garçon returned against Tampa Bay on Sept. 30 and against Atlanta on Oct. 7, but his snaps were limited.
He sat out the next four games and did not return until after the Redskins’ mid-November bye week. The Redskins were 1-5 without Garçon on the field during the regular season but 9-1 with him.
“It’s hard to really know exactly if you’re doing the right thing because if you sit out and the team loses, you’re like, ‘I probably could’ve helped them,’” Garçon said. “If you go out there and don’t help the team? ‘Man, I probably should’ve sat out.’ You’ve just got to make a decision and live with it and be happy with yourself and be able to wake up the next day and go to sleep at night.”