Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon practiced for the first time in six weeks Monday and said that he saw a fair amount of action, but remained limited by his problematic right toe.
The receiver said he still has some pain in his toe, and doesn’t know whether he can play Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles, but still wants to avoid surgery.
“It’s not 100 percent, but when I’m out there, I’m just going all out and giving everything I’ve got,” Garcon said. “I did a lot. Didn’t do everything, didn’t take every play. Coach had us on a limited [snap count], getting back from a long break. I didn’t do as much as the guys that have been around the whole seven weeks.”
Safety Brandon Meriweather (knee), receiver Santana Moss (concussion) and right tackle Jammal Brown (hip), also practiced.
Garcon has missed six of his team’s nine games while nursing a torn ligament in the second toe of his right foot. He injured it in the season opener while scoring on an 88-yard touchdown catch-and-run. Garcon left that game after playing only eight snaps. He missed the next two games, then limped through two more, recording only four catches in those outings combined.
Garcon – signed as Washington’s biggest free agent of the offseason at $42.5 million for a five-year deal — saw foot specialist Dr. James Anderson in Charlotte on Oct. 24, and his findings confirmed the conclusions of team doctors. Garcon opted against surgery with the hope that six weeks of rest would allow the ligament to heal on its own.
While teammates scattered to offseason homes last week, Garcon went to Denver to receive treatment on his toe from foot specialists.
The receiver has noticed some progress, but his toe isn’t yet fully healed. It remains unclear if Garcon can play Sunday against Philadelphia, but given that he hasn’t had any football activity since Week 5, it appears unlikely unless he experiences dramatic improvement in the next several days. The thinking is that even if Garcon hasn’t fully healed, but can play at close to full speed, he would return.
Garcon said he still is experiencing discomfort.
“I might have to deal with it the rest of my life. It’s a pain every time walking, running, cutting. It’s a pain all the time,” Garcon said.
It’s also possibly that Garcon could be shut down for the season and undergo surgery if he does not improve. He said he hopes that isn’t the case.
“I never really want to get surgery unless it’s a must, but if I have a chance to play without surgery, I’ll definitely do that,” Garcon said. “The surgery’s not guaranteed to fix it, so that’s weighing my options. I’ve never had surgery.”