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Pierre Garcon returns to action, but isn’t yet 100 percent

Pierre Garcon made his return to the field after being sidelined since he injured his right foot eight plays into the season opener at New Orleans.

Pierre Garcon and Ronde Barber Ronde Barber (20) and Pierre Garcon get tangled on way to ground. (Associated Press)

 Garcon, the Redskins’ biggest free agent signing of the spring, recorded one catch for 20 yards in the win against the Buccaneers. He also scored a touchdown while recovering a fumble at the goal line by Robert Griffin III.

 “I wasn’t 100 percent, but I was out there doing the best I can to help the team, and I did everything I could,” Garcon said. “It was a much-needed win. We really need it to especially grow from this, especially in this short season right now. So it’s a motivational booster, confidence booster, and it’s a great feeling.”

 Garcon didn’t record a catch in the second half, but he was called for two penalties: offensive pass interference and later unnecessary roughness.

 Garcon said he didn’t agree with the unnecessary roughness call.

 “I was just playing through the whistle,” he said.

 Garcon wasn’t on the field for the Redskins’ game-winning drive because the team was running its hurry-up offense, but he praised the execution of his teammates.

 “It was a great drive,” he said. “It was great clock management, great plays. We made plays when we needed it. … Everybody came together when we really needed it, and Billy [Cundiff] finished it off for us.”

 Garcon said that he didn’t suffer any setbacks from playing on his foot, which still is healing from the injury, which is similar to turf toe.

 “I’m getting better every day,” he said.

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.



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