Following up on an item in this week's Team Notes. ... According to Washington Times staff writer Stephen Whyno, we should forget about it being an issue of “pain tolerance” with injured Pierre Garcon.
Sunday he wanted to play despite inflammation in his right foot, an injury suffered Week 1 that he tried with poor results to come back from.
Head coach Mike Shanahan wouldn't let him, making it the third game of the young season Garcon missed.
“As a player you always want to go out there, even when you know you're not a hundred percent, but you still want to help the team,” Garcon said. “You still can somehow think you can fight through it, bite on your mouthpiece a little bit harder and just take the pain. But I wasn't being very productive injured.”
Garcon is still experiencing discomfort in the capsule in his right foot underneath the second toe. He missed practice Wednesday and there is no timetable for testing the injury, so it would seem unlikely that he would play Sunday at the New York Giants.
“We're going to hopefully give him a little time, get that thing healed,” Shanahan said. “How long it'll take, I don't know: one, two days, two, three weeks, I really don't know. But he's a tough guy.”
Shanahan conceded Garcon's injury is “very much a mystery.”
“Well, I wish I knew. He's sore right know; we want to get him well,” he said. “I told him to do whatever he can do. If he needs to rest, rest. Whatever he can do to help him get ready to play. Right now he's sore, obviously it's very painful. So hopefully it will get well soon.”
As a guy the Redskins signed to be Robert Griffin III's primary target and someone to stretch the field, the last thing Garcon wanted was something that took away speed.
“I couldn't run as fast as I used to,” he said. “It's tough because I pride myself on it, running fast, but when you can't really do that, your options are limited on what I can do.”
With some extra rest, Garcon is hopeful that he will be able to get back on the field for game action sooner rather than later. But as for his short-term plans to test it, he still appeared hesitant.
Garcon said he did not have a particular game circled for when he can be 100 percent. When that time does come, the 26-year-old will have to deal with more than just confidence on the foot.
“It does suck not being able to play, but you can't really sit around and mope about it,” he said. “It'll only bring you down. This is a very mental game and if you're mentally ahead of the game you can do anything. ...”
Also of interest. ... The Washington Post reports that Tight end Fred Davis received treatment for a knee injury but practiced fully.
Also, Shanahan said the Redskins continue to experiment with Griffin’s capabilities and “we’re having fun with it.”
Shanahan said although the Giants have never played Griffin, he expects them to be well-prepared because of film study.