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Pierre Garcon likely to avoid surgery on problematic toe

Redskins WR Pierre Garcon will not need surgery on his injured right toe, barring a setback. (Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

It appears that Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon will be able to avoid surgery on the problematic second toe of his right foot, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

Instead, Garcon will continue to receive an array of treatments designed to strengthen the toe and the muscles and tendons around it. If his progress continues at its current rate, Garcon is expected to make it through the offseason without surgery and return at 100 percent by the start of the 2013 season, that person said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak for the Redskins.

Garcon – signed last spring to a five-year, $42.5 million deal with $20.5 million guaranteed – suffered a torn ligament in the second toe of his right foot in Washington’s 2012 season opener at New Orleans. It’s believed the injury occurred on an 88-yard touchdown catch-and-run early in the game.

Garcon missed six of the next eight games because the pain limited his ability to push off the foot, change direction or accelerate. Garcon returned in Week 11 and played the final seven regular season games and the Redskins’ lone playoff appearance.

He finished with 44 catches for a team-high 633 yards and four touchdowns.

At the conclusion of the season, Garcon expressed encouragement at the way he was able to finish playing at a high level despite avoiding surgery on his toe. He said he was hopeful that he could continue to rest his toe and receive treatment on it during the offseason and avoid any surgical procedures.

He is on target to achieve his goal, the source said.

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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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