Garçon wants to contribute more vs. Cowboys

Garçon wants to contribute more vs. Cowboys
November 19, 2012, 6:00 pm
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Redskins will use short memory to prep for short week

Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon (88) stretches prior to the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at FedEx Field.

(Evan Habeeb-US PRESSWIRE)

Pierre Garçon expects to suit up against the Cowboys, despite a lingering foot injury that limited his effectiveness in the Redskins’ victory over the Eagles on Sunday.

“I can’t say I was close to where I want to be,” Garçon said in a conference call with reporters on Monday. “I just have to keep pushing, keep going with it and move forward.”

Garçon, playing for the first time since Oct. 7 because of a plantar plate tear in his right foot, lined up for 21 of the offense’s 53 snaps in Washington’s 31-6 win at FedEx Field. He caught three passes – one for seven yards and two for minus-1.

“I didn’t do anything spectacular or crazy, but I helped out, blocked, caught a couple of screen passes,” Garçon said. “I did everything they asked me to do.”

After contemplating surgery in recent weeks, Garçon has decided to play through the pain and contribute in whatever way he can, no matter how small.

“Hopefully what I did [Sunday] is not what I do for the rest of the season,” Garçon said. “The foot is going to get better over time. Every day it is getting better. Hopefully, it will continue to get better [so] I can help out more.”

Coach Mike Shanahan said he was pleased with Garçon’s effort, all things considered. But he also said he’s concerned about his No. 1 wide receiver playing on the artificial turf at Cowboys Stadium.

“I was impressed with how he ran the routes in comparison to how he looked when he came back from New Orleans,” Shanahan said, referring to the first time Garçon returned from the injury. “That was encouraging. The thing you don’t know is how he’ll play on the turf. We’ll take him out there before the game and hopefully the pain is not that great and he can go out there and help us win.”