Pierre Garçon said if he emerges from Saturday’s walkthrough unscathed, he intends to suit up 24 hours later against the Eagles.
It would be the first game action for the Redskins’ top wide out since Oct. 7.
“I feel all right,” he said after Friday’s practice at Redskins Park. “I should be good to go on Sunday. I’ll see how I feel [Saturday], and I should be out there giving it all I got [against the Eagles].”
Garçon has been battling a plantar plate tear in his right foot since the season opener in New Orleans. In recent weeks, the 26-year-old acknowledged that season-ending surgery was an option he had considered. But now it seems as though he’s decided to give it another try – even if it means playing at less than 100-percent.
“It sucks. It’s frustrating,” Garçon said of playing hurt. “But at some point you just got to go out there and play. You want to be 100 percent ... but you just have to do everything you can to beat your defender at [less than] 100 percent.”
The last time Garçon attempted to play was Oct. 14th against the Vikings. But after members of the coaching staff monitored Garçon’s warmup, Shanahan decided to scratch him from the lineup. He has not played since in the hopes that rest would help him get back onto the field and avoid the first surgical procedure of his football career.
Garçon said the decision Sunday again will be made by Shanahan.
“It’s all up to coach,” he said. “I’m always saying that I’m good to play. But [Coach Shanahan] has the final say.”
This will mark the second time Garçon has come back from the injury. But there’s a big difference this time, he said.
“It feels better than when came back against Tampa and Atlanta,” Garçon added. “There’s different ways of getting off the line.”
Asked why he feels its important to return, Garçon said: “I like playing football. I never really had an injury this long. Not playing makes me bored, sitting around the house, doing nothing and making the days longer. I love seeing the guys and trying to accomplish something together.”