Washington Redskins WR Pierre Garcon, who spent the last three weeks nursing a foot injury and has missed six games already this season, addressed the media Monday after a limited practice.
Garcon, who signed a five-year, $42.5 million deal with the club in March 2012, said he has gotten "a little bit better" and "there is going to be pain regardless."
Garcon added he, "does not want to get surgery."
Coach Mike Shanahan spent much of his time during his regular Monday afternoon press conference answering questions related to WR Garcon and the tear in the bottom of his foot, beneath his second toe.
He went on to comment, "I'm glad that he wants to go, glad he's trying to go." Coach Shanahan added, "It's nice to see him out there fighting." He also cautioned that "players aren't entirely honest how much they are hurting some times."
After a bye in Week 10, the Redskins face back-to-back-to-back NFC East opponents starting at home with the Philadelphia Eagles on Nov 18. On Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, they travel to face the Dallas Cowboys and at home Dec 2 versus the NY Giants.
Coach Shanahan said having the bye week ahead of this tough November schedule allowed him and his coaching staff and players some time to prepare for two teams in four days.
"We had a good productive week," he said. "Everybody is refreshed, a lot fresher. We look forward to the second half of the season rejuvenated and hopefully ready to go."
The Eagles-Redskins game Sunday, Nov 18 will likely be a debut for Eagles rookie QB Nick Foles. Eagles starting QB Michael Vick sustained a "significant concussion" in a Week 10 loss to the Cowboys and Vick will probably not play due to the NFL protocol following an injury of that magnitude.
Both the Eagles and the Redskins are 3-6 in 2012. The Eagles have lost five straight games, the Redskins three. Kickoff from FedEx field in Washington, D.C. will be 1 p.m. ET on FOX.