Shanahan: Pierre Garcon’s injury a matter of pain tolerance

Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon, who is nursing a foot injury, will be a game-time decision Sunday against the St. Louis Rams.


Pierre Garcon increased his activity in Friday’s practice and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game. (The Washington Post/John McDonnell)

Garcon last week recorded four catches for 109 yards and a touchdown against the Saints, but left the game shortly after because of an injury to his right foot. X-rays showed no breakage, and the next day, Shanahan described the injury, which is on the top of Garcon’s foot, as similar to turf toe, but in the foot area rather than toe.

 Garcon didn’t practice Tuesday, and was limited Thursday. Shanahan said the receiver increased his activity in Friday’s practice, but that a determination on his availability for Sunday has not been made.

 “He got some work in there today. He’s feeling better,” Shanahan said. “We’ll work him out before the game and see if he can go full-speed. He’s listed as questionable.”

 Shanahan said there’s no chance that Garcon can cause further damage, so the decision of whether to play the receiver isn’t a difficult one to make.

 “It’s pretty easy when it’s pain tolerance. If you can go, live with the pain, full-speed, then you let him go,” Shanahan said. “If it’s a situation of making it worse, then the chances of playing aren’t very good. Right now it’s pain tolerance, so we’ll see right before the game. Obviously, he can take something to help himself a little bit. But he’ll work out before the game, and we’ll know before then.”

 Garcon in March signed with the Redskins for a five-year, $42 million deal, to become their leading wide receiver.

 Garcon refused to comment in the open locker room media availability session Friday.

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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Mike Jones · September 14, 2012