Redskins receiver Pierre Garcon won’t need surgery to repair a plantar plate in his right foot, barring a setback, according to a league source. Garcon did not know after the season whether or not he’d need surgery, but the second toe on his right foot is healing and more rest is the prescription, the source said.
If the foot had been that bad, Garcon likely would have needed surgery during the season or shortly after it ended. But the Redskins and Garcon wanted to see how his foot and toe progressed in the offseason to see if surgery would be needed. Coach Mike Shanahan had said Garcon likely would see specialists in the offseason to determine the course of action. Garcon hasn’t been running on it, so the foot has finally had an extended period of rest to let it heal. The source said Garcon should be “100 percent” by next year.
Garcon said he started feeling pain in the foot during training camp, but it became an issue in the first quarter of the season opening win at New Orleans. Garcon missed the next two games and was ineffective in the two games after that, catching a combined four passes for 44 yards. He missed the next four games and returned after the bye week. Garcon caught 40 passes in the final nine games, including the playoffs, for 530 yards and three touchdowns. He was the only Redskins’ receiver to surpass 80 yards in a game last season. In fact, only Santana Moss hit 80 among the rest of the receivers.
Garcon averaged 14.4 yards per catch, the second highest total of his five-year career.