From head to toe, three things are immediately noticeable when Washington Redskins receiver Pierre Garcon takes the field.
- His mouthpiece looks like vampire fangs. Nothing special, he says. Just something the team dentist designed for him a few years back when he was with the Indianapolis Colts.
- He appears to be the only NFL player whose jersey has a cedilla, the curvy thing that dangles from the letter ''c.'' His parents are from Haiti, accounting for his French name. He speaks Creole and understands French, although he says the French class he took in college didn't help much at all.
- He's makes the Redskins offense a lot better, even though he's playing with a toe that hurts. And hurts. And hurts. And has been hurting for some 2 1/2 months.
''I think I'm going to make it through the whole season,'' Garcon said this week. ''Hopefully nothing crazy happens. But I've been dealing with the pain for so long now, it's only getting numb to it or getting used to it.''