Although the final decision will be made by a doctor, Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garçon said he’s still hoping to avoid surgery on his right foot.
Because there’s no guarantee that having a procedure to repair the plantar plate tear under his toe will permanently alleviate all the pain and discomfort, Garçon said he intends to attempt to rehab the injury before going under the knife for the first time in his football career.
“Me personally, yeah,” he said, laughing when asked if he had ruled out surgery. “I think I might NOT need surgery.”
Garçon added: “This offseason I’ll be with a lot of doctors, so it won’t be a typical offseason for me.”
In the coming weeks, Garçon said he intends to schedule an appointment with renowned foot and ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson. Anderson, who is based in Charlotte, diagnosed Garçon’s injury in October.
“We'll get some experts' opinions,” he said. “We'll see it how it goes."
Garçon first felt a twinge in his right foot during the preseason. Then he felt a “pop” while sprinting for an 88-yard touchdown on the turf at New Orleans’ Superdome in the season opener.
Garçon was sidelined twice because of the injury before returning to the lineup for good after the bye week. He learned to manage the pain and became an important weapon for Robert Griffin III down the stretch, registering three touchdowns and an average of 79 yards per game in the final six regular season contests.
The 26-year-old had four receptions for 50 yards in the playoff loss to the Seahawks, a game in which he was slowed by a shoulder injury suffered while blocking in the third quarter. Although the joint "popped out," Garçon said the injury was minor in nature and should heal on its own.
The foot, however, remains a concern.
“I've gotten used to the pain, I guess you could say,” said Garçon, who is one season into a five-year, $42.5 million contract. “It's getting better. It'll be all right.”
Although the foot ailment limited what he could contribute to the Redskins’ cause, he said he couldn’t have been more proud of what the team accomplished in 2012, given its 3-6 start. But like many of his teammates, he also said the seven-game winning streak left him wanting more in 2013.
“We didn't expect to be NFC East champs,” he said. “We just expected to play well and we wanted to play well, and we did that. Some weeks were better than others. But it’s is a starting point. And hopefully we continue to grow and get better.”