'Close' to returning means what for Josh Doctson, Shawn Lauvao, Perry Riley practicing

Jay Gruden's update on three injured Redskins sounds hopeful, but timeline remains uncertain for rookie Josh Doctson.

Three players headline the Washington Redskins' injury report right now. Two of them, guard Shawn Lauvao (ankle) and inside linebacker Perry Riley,(foot) are veterans dealing with issues that carried over from last season. The third, rookie receiver Josh Doctson, is a new kid on the Redskins block, but unfortunately and old hat with the injury report.

Doctson, Washington's first round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, remained sidelined for the start of training camp after missing most of the offseason practices with an Achilles injury. All three along with receiver Reggie Diggs and tight end Derek Carrier were placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Thursday. Whenever they're ready to come back, they can, though the Redskins may end up keeping the receiver in bubble wrap until they're 100 percent sure Doctson is 100 percent.

“Yeah, we weren’t very satisfied with the way his Achilles was coming along," Redskins coach Jay Gruden said. "He still had a lot of soreness in the morning when he’d wake up. We just want to try to get another treatment. That’s something [Head Athletic Trainer] Larry Hess will have to tell you exactly what it was. We’re going to keep him down for a little bit until we feel like he’s good to go 100 percent.

"I don’t think he’s very far away. We’re being probably more cautious right now because it is a significant deal. The Achilles for a wide receiver with his explosion, we want it to be 100 percent. We don’t want it to re-occur, so we’re trying to nip it in the bud right now.”

Doctson said Thursday that "It's too early to tell" when he'll return, but his sense of the timeline jives with the head coach. "See in the morning how I feel after doing what I did today. It feels good so that's a good sign, but you never know in the morning."

Until Doctson knows it's a good morning -- and the docs give the medical clearance - patience is king. That goes for the rookie and the quarterback waiting for his new toy.

"I don't know that I'm discouraged," Kirk Cousins said of Doctson's situation Thursday. "I guess I'm a little disappointed that he's not healthy, but that's the way the NFL works. ...We do believe he's a great talent and can help us so we're excited not just for this week or next week, but for the long haul.

For Lauvao, who suffered a season-ending injury in Week 3, Gruden stated that "I’d be shocked if he wasn’t ready by Saturday or as early as Monday." Good news. Similar statement was made regarding Riley. "I saw Perry today in the hallway – he feels like we’re holding him back. He wants to practice. Again, we want to put him through the drills, look at him running around, make sure he can do it a couple days in a row before we put him out there in pads so he can really run. That’s really his strength, his ability to run laterally and side-to-side and all that. We want to make sure he’s 100 percent. He’s close.”

Ben Standig is the Publisher of Breaking Burgundy and the Huddle Report's 2012 NFL Mock Draft champion. You can find him on Twitter @benstandig and on Google+.

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