Wide receiver Pierre Garcon made his return to the Washington Redskins’ lineup Sunday after missing four games because of a torn ligament in his right foot near the second toe.
Garcon had three catches for only five yards and said he did the best he could, given his limitations with his injury.
“The foot felt all right,” Garcon said. “It wasn’t 100 percent but it was good enough to play, good enough to go out there and help out as much as I can.”
Garcon hadn’t played since Oct. 7 and had been weighing the possibility of undergoing season-ending surgery. But he practiced last week and said he simply wanted to make a contribution.
“I wasn’t full speed,” Garcon said. “But they didn’t change the play call because of me or whatnot. I was coming in and out of the game, and that’s not real fun. I always like to be in there the whole time. I feel like I can run. But you see on tape from the past and then from after, post-injury and before the injury, it’s clearly different. But I’ll try to give it everything I’ve got.”
Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said: “It’s good to have him back. He’s a big threat and it’s not going to happen overnight. He’s going to get back in football shape. It was nice to have him out there. He’s going to be a big-time player for us. He’s going to help us just being out there. He puts a threat into a defense for a big-play opportunity.”
Garcon said he expects to play Thursday in Dallas, even while acknowledging that playing a game on artificial turf with only a few days to prepare will be a challenge.
“I’ll be out there on Thursday,” he said. “I’ll be out there. No setbacks today. It was a good all-around game.”
Garcon said he was doing his best not to become frustrated about playing with the restrictions that his ailing foot puts on him.
“It does [stink] but it’s a problem that we can’t control,” Garcon said. “If you get frustrated, it’s not going to help. You just do what you can every time you get the ball, every little chance because you can cry about it or fight through it.”