ASHBURN, Va. (CBSDC) — Although Joshua Morgan was able to return to practice on Monday, he’s unsure whether he’ll make his Washington Redskins debut Thursday night against the Buffalo Bills.
The wide receiver suffered a pulled left hamstring in late July and was sidelined for roughly one week. Morgan said Monday that the training staff was going to ease him back into practice — taking it one day at a time.
He took part in Tuesday morning’s walk-through practice at Redskins Park after which he acknowledged the frustration of being sidelined recently. Conventional wisdom says it could be better to exercise caution this week with three other exhibition games remaining on the schedule and the regular season to follow.
“We didn’t really talk about Thursday night yet,” Morgan said Tuesday morning. “You want to play the games all the time just being the competitor that you are, but you always want to be smart because we have a long season coming too.”
The 27-year-old Virginia Tech product plans to speak with the coaches and training staff about his chances of playing in Orchard Park at some point Tuesday. If given the green light Morgan feels he’s ready.
“I’m going to say I’m going to play if I have one of my ankles cut off,” he joked. “I’m going to still think I can go out there. Just give me a fake foot and I can play!”
While his status for Thursday is unclear, there are more than a handful of rookies on the roster who are beginning to feel butterflies about their first NFL game experience. Morgan says the rookies are the team are treating the trip to Buffalo like its their college bowl game.
“I look at it and laugh now,” Morgan said, recalling his own rookie angst. “They’re ready. They’re going to put on a show.”
Included in that group is Robert Griffin III. Morgan says he and the Heisman Trophy winning quarterback have been able to develop chemistry despite the fact he missed a week with the bum hamstring.
“I think we’re on the same page,” said Morgan. “This offense is all about time. As long are at the right place where you’re supposed to be when you’re supposed to be there. He’s going to throw the ball to you if you’re open. I think I showed him I have pretty good hands. I [am not going to drop any] of his passes.”