Pierre Garçon confirmed that he has been diagnosed with a plantar plate tear on the bottom of his right foot, near his second toe.
The diagnosis was made Wednesday in Charlotte, N.C., by prominent foot and ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson. Garçon said the diagnosis is what the Redskins feared all along.
“There’s no real timetable or specific treatment to get it healed,” said Garçon, the team’s No. 1 wide receiver.
Surgery is an option, Garçon said, but that would likely end his season. So he intends to try a combination of medication, rest and treatment in an attempt to get back on the field.
“We don’t really want to think about that at all,” added Garçon, who said he has not had any surgeries previously and wants to “keep my streak alive.”
Garçon first felt a twinge on the bottom of his foot during the preseason but continued to play on it, believing it was not serious. But he felt a “pop” while sprinting during the season-opener in New Orleans.
Since that game, Garçon has missed four of six contests because of the injury.
The 26-year-old also said he can play through the painful injury, but that it seriously limits his effectiveness. Garçon also said there is a torn ligament in the affected area.
“I can play with it, but I can’t really run full speed,” he said. “I can’t really explode, be as fast as [normal]. It’s that painful.”
“I was out there already,” Garcon said of returning against the Buccaneers and Falcons. “I can keep going, keep trying. But I’m out there to make plays, not to just distract [defenses]. If coach wants me to go out there, I’m more than willing to do it.”
If the foot does not improve in the coming weeks, Garçon hinted that he and the team will discuss the possibility of surgery, saying, “We’ll keep trying it until Coach makes a decision, or we all make a group decision.”
Until then, Garçon said, he’ll wake up each morning and attempt to push off. If the foot feels better, he might even cautiously attempt to practice.
“The doctor said injury can’t get worse, but it can feel worse,” he said. The toe “can get dislocated [or cause] another injury because of overcompensating for it.”