The Josh Doctson injury saga throughout the Washington Redskins' offseason has been a nuisance for all involved. The media kept asking for updates. Fans wanted to see the first-round pick. The organization sought solutions for his unique Achilles injury, which started in May and lingered and lingered.
It would appear all of that is now in the past.
The TCU product tweeted out Monday what appears to be the news all have sought.
Doctson, who wore a walking boot at times this summer, missed nearly all of the offseason program. He did miss every practice during training camp in Richmond, what's transpired on the field since the team returned to Redskins Park and three preseason games. At times, some wondered if the Redskins would place the rookie on the in-season Physically Unable to Perform list, which would mean he'd miss the first six weeks of games and practices.
Yet he's picked up the pace recently. Doctson was seen running at a good clip Monday on a side field.
"Yes, he did more today," head coach Jay Gruden said after practice.
The coach previously left the door open for the first-rounder to play in the preseason finale, but that possibility was closed today for precautionary reasons. That's why Doctson's tweet could signal that he is finally ready to practice with the full squad.
“He might be able to, but we’re going to hold him out the fourth preseason game though," Gruden said of Doctson. "But he’s come along. He ran some individual cuts today and I was able to throw to him a little bit, watch him in person. He looked good coming in and out of breaks, looked very good."
As for the possibility of the wideout playing in Week 1, Gruden said, "Oh, yeah. No question, no question."
All in all, it is great news for Doctson's development and Washington's offense led by quarterback Kirk Cousins. The 6-foot-2 receiver would provide the big red-zone target that the passing attack has lacked.
Breaking Burgundy's Ben Standig contributed from Ashburn
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