Reporting Grant Paulsen
Pierre Garcon has missed three of the Redskins’ last six games as he continues to attempt to overcome a sore foot.
The dynamic pass-catcher who Washington signed to a five-year contract and guaranteed $20.5 million has now been healthy for one of the 24 quarters the Redskins have played in during his tenure with the team. Garcon was injured in the first quarter of the team’s season-opening win in New Orleans, while sprinting into the endzone on an 88-yard catch-and-run.
“It’s just part of football,” Garcon said on Wednesday. “Injuries happen. You can’t cry about it because injuries happen every day. Guys get hurt every day out here and you just continue to do the best you can for the team, being out here morally supporting the guys and helping them out with plays, doing whatever you can do.
Garcon missed the Redskins’ second and third games before being back on the sidelines in Sunday’s victory over the Minnesota Vikings. He’s now caught just four passes in Washington’s five games since the season-opener.
“As a player you always want to go out there, even when you know you’re not a hundred percent, but you still want to help the team,” he said. ” You think you can fight through it, bite on your mouthpiece a little bit harder and just take the pain. But I wasn’t being very productive injured.”
Head coach Mike Shanahan said he made the call to shut Garcon down before Sunday’s game because he just didn’t think the wide receiver could be himself. Garcon was warming up for the game, testing his foot out while wearing game pants a couple of hours before kickoff.
“He’s a tough guy,” Shanahan said. “If he could go, he would go. But at the same time I don’t want to set him back for the rest of the season so I told him, ‘when you think you’re ready, you let me know.’ We’ll do everything we can with treatment to get him ready to play.”
The Redskins’ current plan is to allow Garcon to rest his ailing foot, rather than continually trying to push through the pain at practice. The fifth-year speedster didn’t participate in any of Wednesday’s practice at Redskins Park, quite different from last week when Garcon was full-go at practices before being limited on Friday.
“I feel like every day I can try it, but if you keep trying it, that hurts the recovery process,” Garcon said. “At the end of the day, it’s up to coach. Whatever coach tells me to do, I’ll be up for. You don’t want to continue to feel the pain, so I guess we kind of shut it down. It wasn’t getting better, but it wasn’t hurting more. I’ve been dealing with it for a long time.
Neither Garcon or Shanahan knows when the Redskins’ $42.5 million offseason acquisition will be back to full speed.
“I wish I knew,” Shanahan said. “He’s sore right now. We want to get him well.” Shanahan went on to say that he and his staff plan on giving Garcon time to recover. “How long it will take, I don’t know. One, two days? Two, three weeks? I really don’t know. Hopefully it will get well soon.”