ASHBURN, Virginia -- The plan to play Washington Redskins receiver Josh Doctson more this week has hit a snag. Doctson is questionable for Sunday's game at the Los Angeles Rams because of hamstring tightness.
Redskins coach Jay Gruden had wanted to play Doctson 35-40 snaps this week after limiting him to 20 in the season-opening loss to Philadelphia. But Doctson felt tightness in his hamstring, which had sidelined him for two of the first three preseason games this summer. Doctson was limited in practice all week.
Gruden said they will have a better sense of his availability Saturday; they are flying to Los Angeles Friday and will practice at UCLA the next day.
Doctson, a first-round pick in 2016, and the team have been frustrated by his lack of availability. He missed 14 games last season with Achilles' issues. The Redskins need his talent on the field to help provide a boost to the passing game. But he also has to show he can get it done.
Regardless, even if he plays Sunday it could be once again in a limited role. Gruden had said Monday that he wanted Doctson to string together consistent practices to help prepare him for more time.
"Those will come eventually in time," Gruden said of the increased snaps.