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Pierre Garçon sees specialist, no timetable for return

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Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garçon saw a foot specialist in Charlotte on Wednesday because he hasn’t made any progress in his recovery from injury, a visit that didn’t result in any more clarity about when he might return to the lineup.

According to Stephen Whyno and Rich Campbell of the Washington Times, Dr. Robert B. Anderson diagnosed Garçon with a plantar plate tear in his right foot. The plantar plate is a soft tissue structure that connects the base of the toe and the metatarsal, the long bone that goes to the toe, and it causes pain when trying to push off on the foot. Wide receivers have to do a lot of pushing off, which makes this a particularly frustrating injury for Garçon to get past.

A report earlier this week indicated that the Redskins were considering keeping Garçon on the shelf until after the Week 10 bye. Coach Mike Shanahan was asked about that and confirmed it was a possibility mostly because the team has no idea when Garçon might be ready to go.

“It could very well happen that way, but…we don’t know what’s going to happen with Pierre,” Shanahan said. “I’m taking this day-by-day, listen to the doctors, see what they recommend, and obviously I’m not going to force somebody to play if the doctors don’t think he is ready or…Pierre doesn’t feel like he’s ready.”

Garçon is keeping weight off his foot this week, which is a pretty good sign that he’ll be inactive against the Steelers and adds to the likelihood that he’ll be shooting for a return in Week 11. With five of their last seven games against divisional opponents, that timing could work well for a strong finishing kick if the Redskins are able to stay afloat for the next couple of weeks.

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6 Responses to “Pierre Garçon sees specialist, no timetable for return”
  1. cowboyhater says: Oct 25, 2012 9:05 AM

    These injuries are really beginning to pile up with the skins. Nothing new here, so all we can do is call the next man up. Just wondering how this offense could be more dynamic with Garcon’s down field threat capabilities. RG3 has gone down field several times with the receiver either dropping the pass, or not reaching out for it. Just par for the course for my skins. I’m at the point now just wondering who is next to go down. We have become a very snake bitten organization.

  2. waussau says: Oct 25, 2012 9:16 AM

    You can tell some of these players have never done manual labor jobs of any sort in their entire lives. Man up and get out there, tired of these “finger/toe/thigh bruise” injuries holding guys out of games.

  3. dublindemonszfl says: Oct 25, 2012 9:58 AM

    Wait and comeback one time at full strength. Favor a foot, hurt a knee. Wait.

  4. peytonsneck18 says: Oct 25, 2012 10:53 AM

    Cry cry cry, call yal the Redscared…yal have excuses for everything …all teams lose players.
    but all mighty mushmouth IRG3 is supposed to have a better record than Luck, hmmmm

  5. pete387 says: Oct 25, 2012 12:59 PM

    8 catches so far for $20 million guaranteed. Nice work if you can get it.

  6. skinsfan91 says: Oct 25, 2012 2:23 PM

    He could do manual labor with his toe, he just can’t push, start, stop at 4.3 game speed. A torn tendon that connects your toe to your foot I imagine hurts like hell when you’re running your fastest on it. Ain’t no one crying here. Let the Redskins play the Colts. We’d smash that team.

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