Garcon admitted that he was more hindrance than help.
“I can play with it. But, you know, I can’t really run full speed. I can’t really, you know, explode, be fast . . . because it’s that painful,” he said. “I could keep going. I can keep trying. But, you know, I’m out there to make plays, not to just, you know, distract the guys or do whatever. But if coach wants me to go out there, I’m more than willing to do it.”
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The Redskins, Garcon and his agent then decided that the receiver needed another MRI exam, and afterward, Shanahan said Garcon would be evaluated on a week-to-week basis.
“Pierre made the decision to come back [in Week 4] and wasn’t forced by the team. It was his direct decision,” Garcon’s agent, Brad Cicala, said when reached by phone Thursday. “The team made the decision to hold him out of the Minnesota game, and in my opinion, it was the decision that was made in Pierre’s best interest, both in the short-term and long-term. I commend the coaching staff and training staff on this issue because the goal for Pierre and the Washington Redskins is to get back on the field and try to help the Redskins go to the playoffs.”
This week, Shanahan sent Garcon to be examined by Anderson, who also repaired tight end Fred Davis’s ruptured left Achilles’ tendon on Wednesday.
Anderson told Garcon that he could choose full rest, or that Anderson could surgically repair the tendon. But surgery would mean the end of the receiver’s 2012 season. Garcon still may require surgery. But for now, he said, “We don’t really want to think about that at all.”
Garcon said he believes taking a patient approach gives him the best chance to return to the field this season. He is aware, however, that by playing on the toe before the ligament heals, he could risk dislocating it, which could mean more problems.
“I don’t want to be on the sideline. It is frustrating. But you’ve just got to think about what’s best for it and what’s best for your future, because this is long term,” Garcon said. “You don’t want to make it worse just for one season. As bad as I want to be out there, it’s a tough decision we’ve got to deal with.”