Pierre Garcon reveals reasons behind surgery refusal

Garcon reveals reasons behind surgery refusal
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Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon reveals that he turned down surgery on his injured foot due to a lack of previous examples of the procedure on NFL players.

Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon has revealed that he turned down surgery on his troublesome foot because of a lack previous successful examples.

Garcon suffered with an injured toe for much of the last campaign that caused him to miss a number of games in his debut season with the Redskins.

However, the 26-year-old turned down the chance to have an operation to help solve the problem due to there being no precedent of a wide receiver fully recovering from similar surgery on a similar injury.

"It was an easy decision, because the process has never really been gone through by an NFL player to try and come back and play as a receiver where you put all your pressure on the foot you need to have surgery on," Garcon told reporters.

"If it was something else, it probably would have been a lot easier to say, 'OK, let's do it'. But the foot was so much uncertainty because it's such a small area, and there wasn't any real, for-sure research done on it that said it would help and it would cure it.

"So it was easy for me. I had to go through pain and continue to go through pain until it worked."

Garcon only managed 10 matches for the Redskins last season, scoring four touchdowns in the process.

Skins receiver Pierre Garcon reacts to a play during the playoff game with Seattle on January 6, 2013
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