Doctson, Washington’s first-round pick in 2016, still hasn’t received clearance to run without restrictions, Coach Jay Gruden said.
“Not really,” Gruden replied when asked if Doctson had made significant progress in his recovery. “I saw him running in the pool the other day, which is exciting. We’re going to take it slow with him. I think month of February, I think is very important for his progress and then we’ll see where he’s at.”
The 22nd overall pick of the draft, Doctson appeared in just two games, recording a total of two catches for 66 yards. An injury during rookie minicamp at Redskins Park kept the 6-foot-2, 206-pounder from taking part in any full-squad practices. Despite resting the injury and receiving treatment all spring and the bulk of June and July, Doctson couldn’t take part in training camp or the preseason.
He returned at the start of the regular season, but the injury flared up again in Week 3, and forced Doctson out of the remainder of the season. Doctors could never find anything more serious than strains after running multiple tests on Doctson’s Achilles’ tendons.
Doctson said at season’s end that he anticipated making a full recovery this offseason.
Meanwhile, Gruden offered updates on several other players that entered the offseason with injuries.
Second-round pick Su’a Cravens missed the final three games with an elbow strain, but has fully recovered and returned to lifting weights normally. Cravens didn’t need any kind of medical procedure to correct the problem.
Tight end Jordan Reed, who ended the year with a separated shoulder, did not need surgery and is progressing nicely, Gruden said. However, that recovery process did force Reed to withdraw from his first Pro Bowl. Right guard Brandon Scherff, who also had to withdraw from the Pro Bowl because of ankle and shoulder injuries, also did not need any surgeries.
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