Wide receiver Pierre Garcon said Thursday that his recovery from shoulder surgery for labrum damage is going well and he doesn’t anticipate experiencing any problems with the injury this season.
“The shoulder is good,” Garcon said following the Washington Redskins’ offseason practice at Redskins Park. “There shouldn’t be any worries for me for the season coming up. So it should be good to go.”
Garcon has not been participating in the practices, known as organized team activities. He said his shoulder injury occurred during the Redskins’ playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks and he described the surgery that he underwent as “just minor.”
Said Garcon: “It was the offseason and it was better to get it done rather than waiting and try to come back from it.”
Coach Mike Shanahan said last week he expects Garcon to be ready for training camp in July.
For much of last season, Garcon expressed a strong preference to avoid undergoing surgery for the torn ligament in his foot that plagued him virtually the entire season. He opted not to have surgery for that injury, saying there had been no guarantees given by doctors that such a procedure would resolve the problem.
Garcon said Thursday that his foot is “getting better” and “it’ll be good” this season. But he also called his ongoing rehabilitation of the injury “a process” and stopped short of declaring he’s certain that he’ll be completely unbothered this season by his foot injury.
“You never know,” Garcon said. “We could be playing on a bad field and something happens. Or we could be playing on a good field and something happens. I can’t predict what’s going to happen or how it’s going to be. But I’m going to continue to rehab it and continue to work at it and continue to monitor it.”
Quarterback Robert Griffin III, who is working his way back from knee surgery and has spent time on the practice field throwing to Garcon and other players recovering from injuries, called it “a blessing in disguise” that he has been able to work with some of his key receivers even while missing OTAs.
“It’s a pleasure being able to work with him,” Griffin said of Garcon, “not that I wanted him to get hurt or anything.”
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