Pierre Garcon scores in the Redskins first game of the season against New Orleans (John McDonnell/Washington Post)

Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon said Thursday that he has a torn ligament in his right foot that could require surgery.

Garcon, who has missed four of the Redskins’ seven games this season, said it is not clear when he might play again.

Garcon also described his injury as a plantar plate tear. The plantar plate is a soft tissue structure on the bottom of the foot, according to the Web site for the Weil Foot and Ankle Institute.

He said he hopes to play again this season and postpone surgery, if he must have it, until after the season.

Garcon said the injury will not allow him to play at full speed at this point. He and team officials must decide the best option for him. Surgery is a possibility but not definite, Garcon said.

USA Today reported Sunday that Garcon had a torn tendon in his toe. But when Coach Mike Shanahan was asked about the report Monday, he said: “No. It’s the same thing that it has been. No change.

Garcon’s comments came a day after he was examined in Charlotte, N.C., by orthopedic specialist Robert Anderson. Garcon said his diagnosis did not change Wednesday. The Redskins previously had described Garcon’s condition as inflammation of a capsule near the second toe of his right foot. The torn ligament apparently is associated with the capsule.

Garcon and the Redskins may continue to hope that Garcon’s foot improves with rest and surgery can be avoided, or at least postponed, until after the season.

Garcon signed a five-year, $42.5 million contract with the Redskins in March as a free agent.

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