Pierre Garçon’s status for next week’s game against the Giants remains unclear, Coach Mike Shanahan said Monday, 24 hours after the Redskins’ No. 1 wide receiver was sidelined because of the right foot injury that’s dogged him all season.
Shanahan also said the decision to sit Garçon for a third time in five games was his, not the player’s.
“When I saw he couldn’t go in practice at the speed I wanted him to go at, I said, ‘Hey I think you’re pushing through a little more pain than you tend to tell the coaches,” Shanahan said. “And I think I was right.”
The coach added: “Because when I sat down with him and talked to him before the game, he would have went. I just said, ‘Hey, I don’t want to lose you for the rest of the season. So let’s get this thing well and you tell me when it’s ready to go.’”
Shanahan also provided detail about the injury the team had not previously shared. It’s a capsule underneath the second toe on his right foot and a recent MRI revealed inflammation.
“It’s him dealing with the pain,” Shanahan said. “He’s fine if he has some ‘juice’ before the game. But afterward it’s very, very painful.”
Garçon, who signed a five-year, $42.5 million contract in the offseason, got off to a fast start, snagging four passes for 109 yards and a touchdown in the first quarter of the season-opener.
But the 26-year-old missed the next two games, then played through the pain and discomfort against the Buccaneers and Falcons. After warming up Sunday at FedEx Field, Garçon was scratched after a conversation with Shanahan.
“That toe is quite sore,” Shanahan said. “You could see when pushing off when he goes down field he’s just anywhere close not close to full speed. I saw it in Wednesday’s practice and I saw it in Thursday’s practice.”
Since the Saints’ game, Garçon has four receptions for 44 yards.
When, exactly, he’ll be able to add to those totals remains unclear.
“Hopefully with the rest and a little bit of time off, he’ll be able to go and the thing will heal up,” Shanahan said.