Three days after missing a third game this season with a sore foot, wide receiver Pierre Garçon sat out of practice Wednesday in the hopes that an extended period of rest will help him recover.
“That’s the plan,” Garçon said. “Hopefully, enough rest will get me back out there.”
Garçon said his foot is feeling better, but acknowledged that he can’t provide an accurate assessment until he attempts to practice again. And, right now, he doesn’t know when that will be.
“It’s not the same when you try to put your whole body weight on it and it’s not ready yet,” he said.
Asked if he’ll attempt to practice Thursday, the team’s No. 1 wide receiver added: “I feel every day I can try it. But every day, if we keep trying it, that hurts the recovery process. Whatever the coaches tell me to do, I’ll be up for it.”
Garçon damaged the soft tissue -- or capsule -- under the second toe on his right foot in the season opener while sprinting 88 yards for a touchdown. He missed the next two games, then played through the pain and discomfort against the Buccaneers and Falcons.
Last Sunday, Garçon warmed up before the Vikings game but was held out by the coaching staff, which worried that he would aggravate the toe and miss the remainder of the season.
On Wednesday, he acknowledged that he likely came back too soon and now is dealing with the consequences.
“It’s just the competitiveness,” Garçon said, asked about attempting to suit up against the Vikings. “You want to feel good. You think you’re 100-percent, or close to it, or effective. But as you see on tape, and as coaches saw, they say you weren’t ready. It was too soon.”
Garçon, who signed a five-year, $42.5 million free agent contact in the offseason, expressed disappointment in not being able to fully show what he’s capable of doing.
At least not yet.
“It does suck not being able to play, but you can’t sit around and mope about it,” said Garçon, who has a total of eight catches for 153 yards and a touchdown in three games. “It will only bring you down. … It’s part of football. You can’t cry about it. You can’t put all the frustration on yourself because it happens."
Asked about a time frame for his return, neither Garçon nor Shanahan could be specific.
“I need my toes to be 100-percent [to] run fast,” Garçon cracked. “If it’s not 100-percent, I can’t really give it any power or force.”
Shanahan said he’s left the decision to Garçon.
“It’s very much a mystery,” the coach said. “You can see it when he practice or pushes off. We’re going to give him a little time, get that thing healed. How long will it take? I don’t know. One, two days Two, three weeks. I really don’t know.”
“But he’s a tough guy,” he added. “If he could go, he would go. But at the same time, I don’t want to set him back for the rest of the season.”