Coming off his five-catch, 93-yard performance last Thursday in Dallas, wide receiver Pierre Garcon said Wednesday he has become increasingly confident that he will be able to play the remainder of the Redskins’ games this season without needing to undergo season-ending surgery for a torn ligament near the second toe in his right foot.
“I think I’m going to make it through the whole season,” Garcon said in the locker room at Redskins Park. “Hopefully nothing crazy happens. But I’ve been dealing with the pain for so long now, it’s only getting numb to it or getting used to it. It’s slowly going away. The surgery is not something I want to do. But if a few doctors say I need it, then I’ll probably do it. But if I don’t need it, I’m not getting it.”
Garcon suffered the injury during the Redskins’ season-opening triumph at New Orleans and played in only two of the team’s next eight games. He said at the time that he hoped to continue playing but he and team officials might have to decide at some point, he said, to opt instead for season-ending surgery.
He returned to the lineup for the Redskins’ 31-6 win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Nov. 18 at FedEx Field and had three catches. But he totaled only five receiving yards in that game. The Redskins weren’t even certain that, with the quick turnaround, Garcon could play four days later on Thanksgiving, in a game on artificial turf. But he played and played extremely well, with a performance that included a dynamic 59-yard touchdown catch.
“I just got the ball in my hand and then I just ran as hard as I could,” Garcon said Wednesday. “When I get the ball, I think I gain an extra gear every time I get the ball. I didn’t really feel anything different. I was just out there playing football with a lot of adrenaline.”
Garcon said he still feels pain in his foot “every day,” and added: “Some days are better than others. Some days I do a lot more activity than others. But it is getting better.”
He previously has said he would like to avoid surgery or at least put it off until after the season. He said Wednesday he’s happy that he didn’t cut short his season.
“If I’d have gave up, that would hurt a lot more than the pain that I’m feeling right now…. These guys are my friends and we’re all depending on each other,” he said. “We need everybody in here to be Super Bowl champs, to make it to the playoffs and stuff like that. I enjoy fighting for everything that I get. It makes me appreciate it a little bit more. I can look back and say I gave it my all and I have nothing to hang my head about.”