Pierre Garcon suffering from inflammation in capsule under second toe

October 15, 2012

Pierre Garcon missed his third game this season on Sunday.

Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said he expects wide receiver Pierre Garcon to miss more time to let his lingering foot injury heal, but exactly how long remains unclear.

Garcon – signed in the spring to a five-year, $42.5 million contract to be Washington’s leading wide receiver — suffered the injury in Week 1 on his 88-yard touchdown play. He logged 109 receiving yards and a touchdown on four catches in eight plays. But he hasn’t had an impact, and has hardly played, since.

Garcon missed the next two games, played in Weeks 4 and 5 and missed Sunday’s game after suffering a setback. In those second and third appearances of the season, Garcon recorded only four catches for 44 yards.

Previously, the injury had been described as similar to turf toe, but in the ball of Garcon’s right foot. Original MRI results indicated no breaks in the bone, and the Redskins believed that Garcon wouldn’t cause any further damage by playing. Shanahan had said the injury was a “pain tolerance” issue.

But Shanahan provided more specifics Monday, pinpointing the injury as inflammation in the joint capsule under the second toe of Garcon’s right foot. And the level of concern seemed to have increased somewhat after seeing Garcon struggle to play through the pain.

 “We did have an MRI on it, and you can see there was some inflammation there, and it’s quite sore, and we’re just going to have to give it some time, and hopefully it will heal quick,” Shanahan said.

Garcon practiced fully Wednesday and Thursday but was limited in practice Friday. He warmed up to play Sunday, but still was unable to push off or run at full speed, and Shanahan told him not to play.

 “That toe is just quite sore, and you can see when he’s pushing off, when he goes downfield, he’s just not anywhere close to full speed,” Shanahan said. “I saw it in Wednesday’s practice and saw it in Thursday’s practice, and I talked to him and he’s trying to work through it. But it’s just a little painful. So hopefully with rest, and maybe a little bit of time off, he’ll be ready to go and it’ll heal well.”

 Asked how long he thought Garcon would be sidelined, Shanahan said, “I don’t know.”

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Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.
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