RICHMOND, Va. -- Washington Redskins rookie Josh Doctson will remain sidelined at least another week or two because of an Achilles injury suffered in late May, according to multiple sources. But there is a sense that his left foot is improving and there’s still hope that he’ll be ready for the season opener.
Doctson injured his Achilles in an organized team activity session on May 25 and was placed on the physically unable to perform list before training camp.
The Redskins had said two weeks ago that they had hoped Doctson would return within one to two weeks. Since then, he’s been limited to mostly catching passes, which is why the new timetable comes as no surprise. Once his foot is healthy, Doctson would then have to work himself into playing shape.
Last week, Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan told SiriusXM NFL Radio the injury is “not going to be a long-term thing.”
The Redskins were solid at receiver even before drafting Doctson, with DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon and Jamison Crowder. The Redskins want him to learn both outside spots behind Jackson and Garcon. Washington also has tight end Jordan Reed as targets for quarterback Kirk Cousins. But they do expect Doctson to contribute this season, though the extent to which he can becomes more questionable the longer he’s out. Doctson can still help as a red-zone threat if nothing else until he masters the playbook on the field.