DeSean Jackson returns to practice, but not yet at 100 percent

Wide receiver DeSean Jackson this week returned to action after spending last week on the sideline nursing a strained hamstring.

DeSean Jackson DeSean Jackson runs with the ball during Wednesday’s OTA practice. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

Jackson tweaked his hamstring two weeks ago, during the Redskins’ first week of offseason practices, and he sat out last week’s session while allowing it to heal.

Washington’s highest-profile free agent acquisition went through a full practice on Wednesday, and he was targeted on a high number of plays. He didn’t report any problems following practice.

“He feels good running straight, it’s just sometimes coming out of cuts that he’s sometimes tentative, but we’re watching him,” coach Jay Gruden said. “Obviously, we hoped he could run this week. That’s why we kept him out last week. It was a minor deal, he thought and we thought, and once he got clearance from Larry and we felt good about it, he was out there running. It was good to see him out there pushing it. … He’s still probably not 100 percent yet. He’s still working through a little bit of pain a little bit.”

Meanwhile, cornerback DeAngelo Hall received an excused absence Wednesday after taking a blow to the chin in Tuesday’s practice.

Gruden didn’t say how exactly it happened, but said he didn’t think Hall had suffered a laceration of any sort.

The coach said, “He got dinged up a little bit and went back to [his home in] Atlanta for the night. He’s a cagey veteran and he wanted to be with his family today. We let him off … be he’ll be okay.”

Nose tackle Barry Cofield (hernia surgery) remains on target to return to action by the start of training camp on July 24, Gruden said. Cofield appeared to ramp up his activity on Wednesday. He took part in some positional drills before spending the rest of practice working on the side with the trainers.

“He’s further along than even they anticipated,” Gruden said. “He’s chomping at the bit to get out there, but we have to pull him back a little bit to make sure he’s ready for training camp.”

Fellow defensive lineman Stephen Bowen (microfracture surgery), wide receiver Leonard Hankerson (anterior cruciate ligament surgery) and cornerbacks Tracy Porter (shoulder surgery) and Richard Crawford (ACL surgery) all continued to work on the side as their rehabilitation processes remain ongoing.

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Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.

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