Redskins WR DeSean Jackson eyes return for Miami game

ASHBURN, Va. -- The frustration stems from an injury that's lingered longer than anticipated and an offense that could use him. But Washington Redskins receiver DeSean Jackson is confident of one thing: When it comes time for the regular season opener against the Miami Dolphins, he'll be the same player he's been in the past.

Jackson, recovering from a shoulder injury, participated in individual work Tuesday, but remains unlikely to play against Baltimore on Saturday. If he doesn't play in that game, it's likely that Jackson would not return until the season opener. The Redskins typically do not play their starters in the fourth preseason game.

"I'd rather be 100 percent and able to perform at the highest level," Jackson said. "I'll be ready to go [for Miami]. Won't have to worry about me. I'll be the same person I've always been, making plays and being the guy who brings energy to this team. Coach [Jay] Gruden understands that and that's why he lets me get my rest and do things I need to do to get right. We're all on the same page."

Jackson suffered the injury on Aug. 6 in a workout versus Houston. He called it a grade two "slight separation" of the AC joint. Gruden originally said Jackson would miss one-to-two weeks. Jackson said calling it a two-week injury was just to play it safe and that they weren't quite sure how long it would take.

Tuesday, he ran routes and caught passes and said he has full range of motion in his right shoulder.

"It's still sore and really not feeling up to par to participate and do what I need to do," he said. "That's what's prolonging it now. It's not what I can't do, it's when I do it, it's feeling the pain a little bit.

"It's been frustrating to go through what I went through, it's the first time in my career in camp not being able to participate [in games]. But I'm happy when it happened so I have time to get myself 100 percent before the season."

Jackson isn't worried about not playing in any games this summer. He's entering his eighth season and is confident in what he can do, even without any preseason work. But he also missed approximately half of the voluntary workouts this spring. He also was the only receiver who did not attend a several days of work with quarterback Robert Griffin III before spring workouts began.

"Me going into my eighth year, I'm familiar with playing ball," Jackson said. "I do it well. I'm not worried about that. I'm still able to run to keep my heart rate up."