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'Rookie training room' - Injured Cravens joins Doctson on sideline

The Redskins practiced Tuesday without their top two draft picks now that Su'a Cravens and Josh Doctson are injured.

RICHMOND -- First round pick Josh Doctson will have company on the sideline for Tuesday's practice. That company? Second round pick Su'a Cravens.

Coach Jay Gruden ruled Cravens out Tuesday and "maybe" Wednesday with a leg/hamstring injury after the hybrid linebacker missed a chunk of Monday's afternoon practice.

Cravens stood out earlier in camp for his playmaking ability. Gruden reaffirmed the team's plan of using the college safety at inside linebacker in nickel packages, a look Washington used more than most last season.

Doctson was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list with a lingering Achilles injury that could keep him out a few more weeks. The receiver spoke with Breaking Burgundy following Tuesday's walkthrough, saying his Achilles feels better, but offering no clarification on a returning timeline.

Not having your top two rookies early in camp is hardly ideal. Better to laugh than cry over the situation.

There's some irony that of their top three selections, cornerback Kendall Fuller is the one available since the cornerback's status was uncertain during the offseason after undergoing microfracture knee surgery during his final season at Virginia Tech.

Robert Kelley (hamstring) remains out of practice for a second straight. Breaking Burgundy spoke with the undrafted rookie running back after he watched Monday's practice.

* Gruden said tight end Derek Carrier is "close" to practicing. If so, that's earlier than anticipated. The tight end tore his ACL and MCL during Week 14 last season. With Reggie Diggs, Shawn Lauvao and Perry Riley activated off the PUP list, Carrier and Doctson are the only two remaining. 

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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