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Josh Doctson sidelined, DeSean Jackson absent but 'as fast as ever'

ASHBURN, Virginia – The receivers most wanted to see, again, weren’t on the field. Josh Doctson remained sidelined with a tweaked Achilles; DeSean Jackson was here for two days, then left.

Jackson will return next week for the mandatory minicamp; it’s uncertain, though, when Doctson will return from his injured left foot.

“I can’t do anything physical right now,” said Doctson, the Redskins’ first-round pick in April. “It’s frustrating, but I’ll look back and laugh at this moment so I’ll be all right.”

Last week, coach Jay Gruden said Doctson injured the same foot, but that it wasn’t the Achilles. Doctson said it’s only been his Achilles that’s kept him sidelined.

Until he can actually practice, Doctson tries to stay sharp by listening to the play calls in the huddle and visualizing himself running the play. Doctson participated in part of the walk-through and he watches teammates such as Jackson, Pierre Garcon, Ryan Grant and Jamison Crowder.

“They run good routes, so they’re teaching me just by watching it and how they get in and out of breaks,” Doctson said. “Seeing it is definitely better than just hearing it.”

As for Jackson, he skipped the first two weeks of these voluntary workouts, but attended Monday and Tuesday. However, he was absent Wednesday. The Redskins do expect him to participate in next week’s mandatory minicamp.

“It is what it is, man,” Gruden said. “We are going to coach the guys that are here. It's voluntary for these players to show up here. We'd love for them all to be here, but I trust the fact that if he's not here, he's getting his body ready to go and he proved that the last couple days. He looked as fast as he's ever been, had great stamina, was in good shape, had great knowledge of the game and was a lot stronger than I’ve seen him before. DeSean is going to be just fine."

Meanwhile, tight end Jordan Reed sat out practice, though Gruden said nothing was wrong. Another Redskins source said he had tweaked his ankle Tuesday and the team just wanted to give him the day off. Left tackle Trent Williams was sick and missed practice.