The one main cloud hovering over the sweltering Redskins training camp these days is when rookie wide receiver Josh Doctson will return from an Achilles injury he sustained during OTAs. Washington downplayed the injury in June, but general manager Scot McCloughan punching a chair and the team placing the TCU standout on the PUP list say differently.
"Washington Redskins rookie Josh Doctson will remain sidelined at least another week or two because of an Achilles injury suffered in late May, according to multiple sources. But there is a sense that his left foot is improving and there’s still hope that he’ll be ready for the season opener."
The Redskins have four weeks from Monday before their regular season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers so there is still a chance Doctson could suit up.
Of course, just because Doctson is ready to practice before the Monday Night Football game does not mean he will be on the field September 12th. The first round pick will have to work back into football shape after not partaking in a full practice for over two months.
Doctson has been in and out of a walking boot to help the healing process but has participated in simple receiving drills on a side field during Redskins camp.
Washington has been cautious in dealing with all injuries this offseason so it is unlikely that Doctson will participate in either of the next two preseason games. If he is able to suit up in the preseason finale in Tampa, then the Texas native has a chance to play against the Steelers.
Regardless, the Redskins have other receiving options while Doctson recovers from his foot injury. Jordan Reed, DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon, and Jamison Crowder are a formidable four-some, but Doctson's development is stunted by the missing practice reps. The wait continues.
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