In his first game back after a five-week layoff because of his injured toe, Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon recorded only three catches for five yards. But although the receiverâ€™s impact was minimal last week, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan believes that Garcon is capable of more, and doesnâ€™t expect him to just limp along as a decoy the remainder of the season.
â€śI have no doubt. He can definitely contribute more,â€ť Shanahan said of Garcon, whom Washington signed in the offseason to a five-year, $42.5 million contract to be their leading wideout. â€śBut thatâ€™s not really up to him. Thatâ€™s more up to the coverages that he gets and the looks that happen, and Robert going through the progressions. We called a few plays for him that didnâ€™t go for him, but it depends on how they play it, but thatâ€™s really like that for any guy on our team.â€ť
Garcon opened the season by recording four catches for 109 yards, including an 88-yard touchdown, in the first eight offensive plays of Washingtonâ€™s season-opening win over the New Orleans Saints. But on the touchdown play, Garcon tore a ligament in the second toe of his right foot. The injury makes it impossible for Garcon to push off, run or cut without experiencing pain. He didnâ€™t play the remainder of the game, and missed the next two before hobbling through the fourth and fifth games of the season.
After seeing Garcon struggle through practice and warm-ups leading up to the teamâ€™s Week 5 matchup, the Redskins told Garcon not to play. He saw a foot specialist and opted against surgery in hopes that five weeks of rest would enable him to recover to the point where he could contribute more effectively.
Garcon didnâ€™t seem to have his usual speed Sunday against the Eagles, but he did catch all three passes that came his way, and made it through the game after playing a limited number of snaps, and didnâ€™t report any setbacks the following day.
â€śI thought he did good,â€ť Shanahan said when asked about Garconâ€™s play. When Pierre came back against Tampa and in the Atlanta game, he was out there battling through it, but it was obvious that he wasnâ€™t running as well. He didnâ€™t get too many opportunities [Sunday]. He got some short throws and stuff. At times, he had a chance and we went the other way with the ball. But when we looked at him hard after the game, heâ€™s still not 100 percent, but he was definitely running better than when he came back in those two games.â€ť