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Pierre Garcon says it will take ‘some time’ for foot to fully heal

Pierre Garcon (left) and Robert Griffin III celebrate a Redskins’ touchdown in Tampa last weekend (Margaret Bowles/The Associated Press)

Wide receiver Pierre Garcon said Thursday that his injured foot is improving but it’s “going to take some time” until it is completely healed and he is able to play at full capacity.

“It’s going to take some time to feel back like my old self,  like it was in training camp,” Garcon said in the locker room at Redskins Park. “But it’s a process. It’s a battle. But it’s coming along.”

Garcon returned to the Washington Redskins’ lineup for last Sunday’s game at Tampa. He’d missed the previous two games after hurting his foot on an 88-yard touchdown catch and run during the Redskins’ season-opening win at New Orleans.

He had only one catch for 20 yards against the Buccaneers. But he made a significant contribution by scoring a first-quarter touchdown on a fumble recovery.

The Redskins and Garcon acknowledge that he was not yet unhindered by his injury.

“There is no way you miss 2-1/2 weeks of practice and play at 100 percent,” Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said Wednesday. “We didn’t expect him to play at 100 percent. But he played a lot of plays, and he played at a very high level. He helped us win the game.”

The Redskins expect Garcon to play this Sunday against the unbeaten Atlanta Falcons at FedEx Field. But it’s unclear whether Garcon will be closer to playing at full strength.

“Hopefully there is no setback,” Shanahan said. “There wasn’t a setback [Wednesday]. He had a full practice. I’m just guessing he had some pain but not enough to keep him out. So hopefully he’ll play at a very high level this weekend.”

Said Garcon: “You never really know…until Sunday, until you get out there and go all out…. Eventually I’ll put it past me. But there’s no set time [or] date for it. It’s part of football. If it’s not one injury, it’s another injury….It’s getting better every day.”