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After missing nearly all of the 2016 regular season, Josh Doctson — Washington’s first-round pick in 2016 — resumed running earlier this month, and trainers have gradually ramped up the wide receiver’s workload. Thus far, Doctson has reported no setbacks, and has drawn encouragement from his progress. Doctson on Thursday posted Snapchat videos of himself running through drills and catching passes.
Until this month, Doctson had rehabbed to further strengthen his injured Achilles tendons. But doctors and trainers hadn’t cleared him to run.
However, at season’s end, Doctson expressed encouragement over the progress he was making, and he expressed confidence he will be 100 percent by the start of the season.
Washington selected Doctson with the 22nd overall pick of last year’s draft in hopes that the Texas Christian product would work into the wide receiver mix with veterans Pierre Garcon, DeSean Jackson and Jamison Crowder.
However, Doctson strained his right Achilles’ tendon during Washington’s initial spring practices, and he missed all of those on-field sessions. The Redskins had anticipated that Doctson would return by the start of training camp, but he suffered a setback shortly before the start of camp and didn’t practice or play during the preseason.
Washington could have placed Doctson on the physically unable to perform list to start the regular season, which would have kept him on the shelf for at least the first six weeks of the campaign. However, team officials opted against that, and Doctson returned to practice and played sparingly in the first two games.
Doctson recorded a combined two catches for 66 yards in those first two outings. However, he never played again last season. He attempted to play in Week 3, but experienced pain in his Achilles’ tendon during pregame warm-ups and has been sidelined ever since.
Doctson saw multiple specialists, but none of them were ever able to find the cause of the pain. Midway through the season, Doctson’s pain had spread to his left Achilles’ tendon as well. The Redskins put Doctson on injured reserve, but held out hope he would be able to return for the tail end of the season. However, he still had not fully recovered or resumed running by late December, and his rookie season unceremoniously came to an end.
The Redskins would have liked to have groomed Doctson to take over for Pierre Garcon and/or DeSean Jackson — both set to become free agents this offseason — as their leading wide receiver, but his injuries prevented that from happening. Team officials are closely monitoring his progress as they try to decide whether to re-sign Garcon or Jackson.