ASHBURN – Although Redskin Receiver Pierre Garcon’s baffling foot injury has frustrated him, his coaches and his fans, his best bet may be to call it a season and focus on getting healthy for 2013. NFL.com writer Kareem Copeland reported Friday that Garcon may have surgery on his injured foot but his season would come to an end, if he chooses to do so.
“I can play with it. But, you know, I can’t really run full speed,” Garcon said via Copeland. “I can’t really, you know, explode, be fast … because it’s that painful. 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.”
Surgery would remedy the problem for Garcon, but his season would end in disappointment after the Redskins paid him mega-money in the offseason.
My original thought, mentioned in an article earlier this week, was to get Garcon on the field even if it meant using him as a “decoy.” But Washington’s offense, led by Robert Griffin III, is now Top-Five without its No.1 guy. And after considering how Laron Landry’s postponing of surgery led to his exit last spring, I have reconsidered. Garcon should get fixed up now. Next season should look more promising regarding playoffs and the Redskins will definitely need their go-to man split-out wide.
Garcon originally injured his foot at the end of the first quarter of week one in New Orleans while having an explosive debut for Washington: 109 yards, TD. However, the team announced earlier this week that the receiver has a torn ligament in his foot. Shanahan’s announcement led many to wonder why this was not discovered previously.