Reporting Grant Paulsen
ASHBURN, Va. (CBSDC) — Pierre Garcon’s sore toe has now kept him out of three of the Washington Redskins’ last five games. The 2012 offseason acquisition, who the Redskins signed to a five-year contract worth $20.5 million guaranteed, has caught just four passes in Washington’s last five games.
“That toe is just quite sore,”Shanahan said. “You could see, when he’s pushing off when he goes downfield he’s just not anywhere close to full speed. I saw it in Wednesday’s practice and I saw it in Thursday’s practice. I talked to him and he was trying to work through it and it’s just a little painful.”
On Sunday, Garcon worked out on the field in game pants a couple of hours before kickoff. He tested his injury, which is sorest where his second toe meets the ball of his foot, before it was determined that he was going to be deactivated for the third time this season.
“Hopefully with the rest and maybe a little bit of time off, he’ll be able to go and the thing will heal up,” Shanahan said.
A recent MRI taken on Garcon’s foot showed inflammation. The 26 year-old had played in Washington’s last two games after missing weeks two and three before being forced back to the sidelines in Sunday’s win over the Vikings.
“When I saw he couldn’t go in practice at the speed I wanted him to go at, I said ‘hey I think you’re pushing through a little bit more pain than you tend to tell the coaches’ and I think I was right,” Shanahan added.
At some point during pregame warmups Garcon apparently made it known that he wanted to play, because Shanahan said that he had to explain to his first-year wide receiver why he was deactivating him. “I don’t want to lose you for the rest of the season,” the head coach explained to his top wide receiving target. “Let’s get this thing well and you tell me when it’s ready to go.”
In the only quarter of healthy football Garcon has played this season, the first quarter of Washington’s first game, the former Indianapolis Colt caught four passes for 109 yards, a performance highlighted by an 88-yard catch-and-run for a score.
He missed the two games after that, then caught one and three passes in weeks four and five respectively.
“You’re always disappointed when somebody gets hurt. I think everybody sees you’ve got a No. 1 receiver, you see what he’s done when he’s healthy. We’re very excited to have him. The good thing about Pierre, he’s got a chance to come back and help us down the stretch. Hopefully it’s sooner rather than later.”