Forget about it being an issue of “pain tolerance” with injured Washington Redskins receiver Pierre Garcon. Sunday he wanted to play despite inflammation in his right foot, an injury suffered Week 1 that he tried with poor results to come back from. Coach Mike Shanahan wouldn't let him, making it the third game of the young season Garcon missed.
“As a player you always want to go out there, even when you know you're not a hundred percent, but you still want to help the team,” Garcon said. “You still can somehow think you can fight through it, bite on your mouthpiece a little bit harder and just take the pain. But I wasn't being very productive injured.”
Garcon is still experiencing discomfort in the capsule in his right foot underneath the second toe. He missed practice Wednesday and there is no timetable for testing the injury, so it would seem unlikely that he would play Sunday at the New York Giants.
“We're going to hopefully give him a little time, get that thing healed,” Shanahan said. “How long it'll take, I don't know: one, two days, two, three weeks, I really don't know. But he's a tough guy.”
Garcon's season has been derailed after a promising start. He's worth holding onto for the stretch run provided roster space is not at a premium. Shanahan mentioned three weeks at the top end of his injury estimate. The Redskins have a Week 10 bye, so owners should look at Week 11 as a reasonable expectation for his return.