Rookie wide receiver Josh Doctson increased his workload during Wednesday’s practice, but Redskins Coach Jay Gruden still doesn’t have a timetable on when his first-round pick will return.
Doctson has been on the physically unable to perform list since the start of training camp because of a right Achilles’ tendon injury that has bothered him since offseason practices. The 22nd overall pick out of Texas Christian mixed in some light jogging with his calisthenics off to the side as the Redskins prepared for Friday’s preseason game against the New York Jets.
“He’s progressing nicely,” Gruden said. “It’s exciting to see him sweat more. He’s doing a little bit more work, and we’ll take it gradually day-by-day. Not going to rush it, but we’re going to try and do more and more as weeks go by.”
It’s unknown at this point whether Doctson could be ready for the season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 12. The Redskins have been slowly increasing his workload without rushing him back since they have depth at wide receiver in DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon and Jamison Crowder. If Doctson isn’t ready by Week 1, he would remain on the PUP list and not count on Washington’s 53-man roster. This would allow the team to keep another player, possibly at wide receiver with Ryan Grant and Rashad Ross serving as backups in Doctson’s absence, on the roster.
“I don’t have any expectations for him whatsoever,” Gruden said. “I’m just trying to listen to what the trainers are telling me and how he’s feeling. I don’t know. We’ll just have to wait and see. He’s going to progress slowly, and we’ll take our time with him. When he feels right and the time is right, we’ll push him hard and let him practice.”
Nose tackle Jerrell Powe was also at practice for the first time since he had a procedure to address heart arrhythmia two weeks ago. He was expected to miss 7 to 10 days, but Powe was conditioning off to the side. Gruden said he doesn’t expect Powe to be ready “for probably a couple of weeks.”
“He’s able to do a little exercising and can’t get back out there with the team till he’s fully healed,” Gruden said.
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