Pierre Garcon is hoping that rest will cure a torn plantar plate in his right foot and he will be able to avoid surgery and return to the field this season.
But there is no way of telling right now if that approach will work for the Washington Redskins wide receiver, who was injured on an 88-yard touchdown in the season opener. It could be Garcon ultimately requires surgery, according to the Washington Post, and that would end his season.
The Redskins signed Garcon to a huge $42.5 million, five-year contract in free agency as a weapon for rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III. According to the Post, the soonest he would be back on the field with rest is some time after the team’s Week 10 bye.
Garcon said it was something that happened because of overuse.
“That’s the best term. I felt it early in the year,” he told the Post. “I felt it early in the preseason. But, you know, I just kept playing,” Garcon said. “I’m kind of stubborn. So I just keep playing, fighting through whatever. But it was just a toe injury so I was like, ‘it’ll be all right. Just ice it. Just keep playing.’ And then in New Orleans I felt a pop. And that’s when things are serious, when you feel a pop.
“I can play with it. But, you know, I can’t really run full speed. I can’t really, you know, explode, be fast . . . because it’s that painful,” he said. “I could keep going. I can keep trying. But, you know, I’m out there to make plays, not to just, you know, distract the guys or do whatever. But if coach wants me to go out there, I’m more than willing to do it.”
With any luck, he can be back on the field next month but there is no way of telling what direction this will head.
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