“It’s more of a sore, nagging injury,” Kwong said. “It doesn’t allow you to push off and do what you need to do as far as propulsion and stopping ability.”
Garcon has said he has been told the injury is not common for football players. But the Dallas Cowboys placed linebacker Sean Lee on the season-ending injured reserve list last month. Lee declined to comment about his ailment through a Cowboys spokesman, but he reportedly suffered a similar injury to the big toe on his right foot and underwent surgery.
Fellow Redskins wideout Josh Morgan has played with a turf-toe injury, so he readily can empathize with Garcon.
“I can definitely relate,” Morgan said. “It makes your plants not as sharp. It makes your routes not as sharp. It makes you not accelerate as much as you can. It frustrates you because it’s such a physical game and it’s so hard, and you just want to be at your best. The game is fast and everybody is good, so you want to be at your best out there.”
When Garcon returned to practice Monday, Morgan said he could see how much it meant to his teammate.
“The smile on his face when he was going out there Monday, that just said it all,” Morgan said, standing in the middle of the team’s locker room at midweek. “That’s sports. That’s what we do this for. People really love to play this game. It kills us when we can’t do something right. . . . When you really love the game, it’s in your heart. You can see. He’s still over there smiling.”
Redskins notes: Shanahan said right tackle Jammal Brown, who is attempting to come back from preseason hip surgery, did not practice Thursday because his hip was sore.
Brown remains on the physically unable to perform list and is being evaluated so the team can decide whether to activate him or place him on the injured reserved list.
Thursday’s practice would have represented Brown’s first practice in pads.
“It was a setback, but we’ll find out shortly how bad it is,” Shanahan said.
Mike Jones contributed to this report.