Pierre Garcon on Tuesday conceded that surgery could be an option if his sprained right foot does not improve, but the injured Washington Redskins wide receiver will keep trying to test it after the bye week.
Garcon is dealing with a plantar plate tear in his right foot, an injury that has kept him from being productive since the first quarter of the first game of the season. He has only appeared in two games since and there’s no timetable for his return.
“There’s no real update or miracle that happened overnight,” Garcon said. “We’re going to try to go after the bye, see how it feels. But we’re still trying to get as much pain out of it as we can.”
At 3-6, the Redskins are one loss away from essentially being out of it and two away from having just about no chance. If the Redskins get to seven or eight losses sooner rather than later, surgery might be the call. Garcon said that will be a group decision.
“We’re trying to avoid that at all possible costs,” he said. “But at some time you’ve got to be realistic and you’ve just got to have it and hopefully it’s a successful surgery and recover from it.”
Garcon said the foot is getting better, “but it’s still not what it needs to be.” The Redskins’ offense isn’t what it needs to be without Garcon and tight end Fred Davis, either.
Garcon flashed brilliance with an 88-yard touchdown catch from Robert Griffin III in the season opener, but it was that play that aggravated the injury he said had been bothering him for a couple of weeks prior.
It’s now the point where it’s reasonable to think that Garcon could be held out for the rest of the season. He said the Redskins’ record and possible mathematical elimination didn’t factor into his thinking, though.
“As the season goes on every game goes on, you think about it: is it one more game?” Garcon said. “But if I get a chance to go back out there, I’m going to give it everything I have and just play.”
Coach Mike Shanahan said Monday that he was more optimistic about safety Brandon Meriweather being able to play Nov. 18 against the Philadelphia Eagles than Garcon.