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Redskins Wide Receiver DeSean Jackson Expects to Play Monday

by Brian McNally
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DeSean Jackson (credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

DeSean Jackson (credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

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RICHMOND, Va. (CBSDC) — Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson is expected to play next Monday against the Cleveland Browns.

Jackson has been out with an ankle injury since Aug. 6. He was originally hurt during a walk-through practice the day before a preseason game against the New England Patriots. But he looked better during Monday’s final full practice at training camp in Richmond. Washington has a walk-through practice in the morning on Tuesday before breaking camp and heading home. That practice is closed to the public.

“Yes. [Jackson] practiced today. I think he went all the way through until the last two-minute [drill], which he probably should have gone through,” Redskins coach Jay Gruden said. “But I think he just felt like he did enough. And I think he’s coming along at a good pace. He did some cutting today, scored a couple of touchdowns, obviously. So he’s in good shape. Now it’s just a matter of letting it go for a whole practice.”

Meanwhile, tight end Jordan Reed missed his third consecutive practice with what’s been called a viral illness. It hasn’t improved, however. Gruden insisted the symptoms were not concussion related. Reed sustained a concussion last season.

“We don’t know what it is. We’re going to do some more checks on [Reed],” Gruden said. “We though he was gonna practice today and on the way over here he threw up again. We’ll just continue to do some more tests, make sure he’s okay. We thought it was just a little flu symptom, but it’s lasted a lot longer than we thought. Hopefully he’ll be ready to go [Tuesday]. But they are gonna do some more tests on him.”

Running back Chris Thompson remained out with an ankle injury. Safety Phillip Thomas (hamstring) did not participate, either.

Cornerback DeAngelo Hall went through some individual drills one day after sustaining a back contusion during practice. He had to be carted off the field Sunday after his back spasmed, but felt better 24 hours later.

“If my body permits it, I’ll definitely be out there,” Hall said. “I’m not a guy who likes to sit on the side and watch….If I had to go out there and play in a game tomorrow — a real game — I’d be out there in a heartbeat.”

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