Pierre Garçon joined his teammates on the practice field Monday after more than three weeks of resting his ailing right foot. But there’s still no precise timetable for the wide receiver’s return, Coach Mike Shanahan said.
“I’m just hoping there’s no setback,” Shanahan said after his team's first practice following the bye week. “I know it’s painful for him, but he wanted to work through it today. We’ll find out over the next few days exactly where he’s at.”
Garçon was limited in practice, Shanahan said.
“It’s not 100-percent, but when I’m out there, I’m just going all out and giving it everything I got. I did as much as I can. I’m still feeling a little bit of pain. But I’m out there, so no excuses.”
Asked if he can play Sunday against the Eagles, Garçon said: “It’s up to Coach. I can’t say if I’m going to play or not. Coach has to evaluate and see how he feels and move on from there.”
He continued: “It’s a pain [all the] time, walking, running, cutting, it’s a pain all the time.”
Garçon was diagnosed with a plantar plate tear on Oct. 24 during a visit with noted foot and ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, N.C. The 26-year-old originally injured himself in the season opener while sprinting 88 yards for a touchdown.
Since the diagnosis, Garçon has largely rested the foot in the hopes of avoiding surgery. While season-ending surgery remains a possibility, it appears he’s going to give it another try before opting to go that route.
“If I have a chance to play without surgery, I’ll definitely do that,” Garçon said. “And surgery is not guaranteed to fix it. So that’s another thing.”