The Washington Times - February 19, 2013, 05:15PM

Redskins receiver Pierre Garcon continues to rehabilitate his right foot with the intent of avoiding surgery, a source said Tuesday. The source requested anonymity because the Redskins didn’t authorize him to publicize Garcon’s status.

Garcon expressed an extreme aversion to surgery after he tore the plantar plate in his right foot on Sept. 9. The plantar plate is a soft tissue structure that connects the base of the toe and the metatarsal, the long foot bone that goes to the toe. It cushions the bottom of the metatarsal head.

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Garcon, 26, missed six games because of the injury, but his return coincided with the Redskins’ seven-game winning streak that resulted in the NFC East division championship. During the streak, Garcon had 36 catches for 480 yards and three touchdowns.

He played those seven games and the playoff game at about 70 percent health; barring a setback, he is expected to return to close to 100 percent without surgery, the source said.