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Garcon’s availability for Sunday hinges on “pain tolerance”

Pierre Garcon, Corey White AP

Redskins receiver Pierre Garçon, who left Sunday’s win over the Saints while on pass to generate 436 receiving yards, has an injured foot.  And the question of whether he plays against the Rams will hinge on whether Garçon can handle the associated discomfort.

That’s what coach Mike Shanahan said Thursday, after Garçon returned to practice on a limited basis.

And while there’s no specific reason to think that Shanahan used the words “pain tolerance” in order to indirectly challenge Garçon to tolerate the pain, that’s sort of the practical effect of the phrase.

If Garçon is tough, he’ll suck it up and play.  If he isn’t, he won’t.

Of course, there are ways to make the pain less painful, and that could be Garçon’s middle ground.  Regardless, if there’s no reason not to play other than whether Garçon can play with pain, there’s no reason for Garçon to not play.

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13 Responses to “Garcon’s availability for Sunday hinges on “pain tolerance””
  1. wwwfella says: Sep 13, 2012 4:16 PM

    WHAT??

  2. jwreck says: Sep 13, 2012 4:16 PM

    First off, was the first sentence of this article written while on pass to generate 436 shots of tequila?

    There’s little doubt in anyone’s mind that Garcon will play Sunday, but either way, Washington’s receiving corps looked more than capable without him. That’s not to say it wouldn’t be big for Robert Griffin to have him back, just that the Redskins No. 1 option when their top receiver goes down is no longer Jabar Gaffney, and that has to be exciting for the Capital area.

  3. trevor123698 says: Sep 13, 2012 4:26 PM

    Idk where people come off saying shannahan cant coach. hes elite in that business

  4. burgandyandgold says: Sep 13, 2012 4:28 PM

    Immensely better with Garcon in the game.

  5. trenchwarfare21 says: Sep 13, 2012 5:37 PM

    Idk where people come off saying shannahan cant coach. hes elite in that business.

    Are you actually serious with this comment? why don’t you look at Shanahan’s record since the day Elway retired. 1 Divisional title, and 1 playoff win in over a decade. That’s quite the monumental achievement, what has he done is Washington so far? Oh…….

  6. dubdiz12 says: Sep 13, 2012 5:53 PM

    Hey trenchwarfare21… What did Elway really do before Shanahan?

  7. ddogdaddy says: Sep 13, 2012 6:14 PM

    Why do you think they call it dope? Dope.

  8. tlaw21 says: Sep 13, 2012 6:20 PM

    dubdiz12 says:Sep 13, 2012 5:53 PM

    Hey trenchwarfare21… What did Elway really do before Shanahan?
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    Getting whooped 42-10 by the Skins in Super Bowl XXII

  9. ddogdaddy says: Sep 13, 2012 6:46 PM

    Irony at its finest. Maybe the long suffering fans can help #88 understand what real pain is. The dude is a stud who has played through pain his whole storied career in Indy only to be thrown under the bus by his coach. Now if he doesn’t play, everyone will be questioning his manhood. Sorry Pierre, thats what happens when you left quality for quantity($).

  10. trenchwarfare21 says: Sep 13, 2012 7:01 PM

    Hey trenchwarfare21… What did Elway really do before Shanahan?

    Um, I don’t know, go to 3 superbowls, and a 6 time pro bowler?

    Typewriters were still being used the last time Shanahan did anything. He inheritated a superbowl calibur team, what’s he done since? He couldn’t even win more than 1 division title from the weakest division in the NFL for a number of years, and was launched out of Denver finally. Now he brought his garbage to Washington where they are terrible. 6 wins first year, 5 wins 2nd year, how many wins this year, 4?

  11. jwreck says: Sep 14, 2012 12:23 AM

    Typewriters were still being used the last time Shanahan did anything. He inheritated a superbowl calibur team, what’s he done since? He couldn’t even win more than 1 division title from the weakest division in the NFL for a number of years, and was launched out of Denver finally. Now he brought his garbage to Washington where they are terrible. 6 wins first year, 5 wins 2nd year, how many wins this year, 4?
    ________
    This discussion is so dumb I don’t even want to get involved, but really? He inherited Shannon Sharpe and Terrell Davis? Really?

    But, “I don’t know, go to 3 superbowls and go to six Pro Bowls?” Really? Mike Shanahan was coaching at four of Elway’s five Super Bowl appearances and was behind six of Elway’s nine Pro Bowls and his only MVP. What was he doing for the other three Pro Bowls and Elway’s 1989 Super Bowl appearance? Oh gee, I dunno… leading Steve Young to a Super Bowl victory, two MVPs, and three Pro Bowls.

    But “he inherited a Super Bowl team”… Fact: He inherited a 7-9 team that finished last in the AFC West. Fact: Dan Reeves had twelve years to get Elway a ring and couldn’t do it. Fact: There were virtually no players left from Dan Reeves’ 1989 AFC Champion team on the roster when Shanahan took over the team, much less when he won them two consecutive Super Bowls in 1997 and 1998.

    Most importantly, this ridiculous idea of “this coach isn’t good because he won all of his championships with that quarterback,” needs to go away. If that’s true, then the only good coach in NFL history is Joe Gibbs.

    The fact is that Shanahan has not had a franchise caliber quarterback to work with since Elway (1.5 seasons with Cutler doesn’t count (and after tonight’s performance, I’m not entirely sure Cutler counts at all)). If he ever wins another title, he will be just the second coach in history to win a Super Bowl with two different quarterbacks. Far from being damned if he doesn’t, that would actually be a pretty remarkable accomplishment.

  12. sikologik says: Sep 14, 2012 4:06 PM

    speaking of pain tolerance, maybe we should ask trenchwarfare how it feels to be so thoroughly OWNED by jwreck.

  13. walter0247 says: Sep 14, 2012 5:22 PM

    @jwreck.

    THANK YOU! Thank you for shutting these harpers up. I only knew it was a matter of time before somebody took the time to sift through the stats and information. I figured after week 1 everybody would have figured out that Shanahan really is a good coach. But i guess people are still hung on Donavan “never was” McNabbs words.

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