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Pierre Garcon forced to be conservative with foot issue

Pierre Garcon finds himself in a very frustrating position.

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The Washington Redskins wide receiver wants to be on the field and resume his status as Robert Griffin III's primary target, but he risks a setback on his injured right foot if he pushes the matter.

Garcon sat out last week's win over the Minnesota Vikings and doesn't sound particularly confident he'll play Sunday against the New York Giants. He didn't practice Wednesday.

"I couldn't run as fast as I used to," Garcon said, via The Washington Times. "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."

Surely adding to Garcon's frustration is the promise that marked the start of his partnership with Griffin. Garcon had four receptions for 109 yards and one touchdown in the Redskins' season-opening win over the New Orleans Saints before he left the game with discomfort in the capsule of his right foot underneath the second toe.

Garcon played in both Week 4 and Week 5, but he wasn't nearly as explosive, compiling just four receptions for 44 yards.

"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."

The Redskins have been able to score points without Garcon at 100 percent. It gives the team the option of resting the receiver until he can be the same player he was entering the season.

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