RICHMOND, Va. (CBSDC) — It was nothing more than a walk through and in the end it might mean little. But the Redskins were still chagrined to see wide receiver DeSean Jackson hobble off the field on Wednesday during a joint practice with the New England Patriots.
Jackson “got cleated” on a slant pattern over the middle, according to Washington coach Jay Gruden. He limped off the field and went into the trainers’ tent, where he remained for several minutes receiving treatment.
Jackson’s status is in question for Thursday night’s preseason opener against the Patriots at FedEx Field, Gruden said. The team will wait to see how the ankle responds to treatment before making a final determination. Meanwhile, fellow wide receiver Pierre Garçon will not play. He has a hamstring injury.
“We’re just trying to find guys that can play, trying to put them in a situation where they can line up and play football and succeed,” Gruden said. “The biggest thing is how do you perform when the pressure’s on, people are watching.”
Gruden said defensive end Jason Hatcher, signed as a free agent in the offseason from Dallas, is still recovering from offseason knee surgery. The target date for his return is the third preseason game on Aug. 23 against the Baltimore Ravens. Hatcher has been increasing his off-the-field work, however.
Other players who will miss Thursday’s game: Free safety Ryan Clark is out with a hamstring strain, Gruden said. Fellow safety Phillip Thomas has the same injury and won’t play, either.
Expect to see the starters for 8-to-10 plays on Thursday before giving way to reserves fighting for roster spots. Gruden said he could go a little longer “depending on my satisfaction” with their play. But they definitely won’t go longer than a quarter.
“I don’t think we’re going to see a lot of crazy things [Thursday],” Gruden said. “It’s all about playing football, letting these guys play. We’re not going to try to trick [the Patriots] and do any kind of crazy Wildcat, Pistol [formations].”
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