DeSean Jackson expects to play Monday against Browns


DeSean Jackson plans to make his preseason debut on Monday against the Browns. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

RICHMOND – Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson took part in team drills for the first time since suffering an ankle injury last Wednesday. Based on how he moved during Monday morning’s practice, and how he felt afterwards, Jackson predicted that he will make his preseason debut next week when Washington hosts the Cleveland Browns.

“I felt good, man. Had a little sore, bruised ankle for the last couple days. So to be back in the midst of things, felt good,” Jackson said.

Washington’s biggest offensive free agent acquisition of the spring, and the starting wideout opposite Pierre Garcon, Jackson suffered his injury during the Aug. 6 walk-through against the New England Patriots. While jogging out a pass route, Jackson made a cut, but had his ankle stepped on by a defender. He came up hobbling and received treatment in the trainers tent, and didn’t practice the rest of the day.

Jackson didn’t play in the preseason opener against New England, and he only took part in a limited amount of individual drills on Saturday and Sunday. He practiced fully on Monday, and appeared to move without any limitations.

Asked if he anticipated playing next week against Cleveland, Jackson said, “Yeah. I’m going to be out there, flying around with my teammates.”

Jackson recorded a couple of touchdown catches from Robert Griffin III during 11-on-11 action on Monday, and he expressed encouragement over the connection that he, Griffin and the rest of his teammates have developed.

“I feel where we’re at now, we’re pretty ready to go into the season and do some great things,” Jackson said.

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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