RICHMOND — Redskins rookie wide receiver Josh Doctson might be on the active/physically unable to perform (PUP) list, but he remains confident he will return to the field soon.
One of five players placed on the PUP list by Washington on Thursday, Doctson has a sore left Achilles tendon. He watched Thursday morning’s walkthrough at Bon Secours Training Center, the first practice of training camp.
“I’m not really concerned because I know my body, and I’ve never really had lingering problems,” Doctson said. “I heal fast. My first time really being injured was my senior year, and that was a broken wrist. I’ve had hamstrings and stuff like that, but I always heal up quick, so I’m not really worried about it.”
That echoes what Redskins coach Jay Gruden said on Wednesday. But Gruden also expressed similar confidence at the end of veteran minicamp in June and six weeks later Doctson is still unable to participate — losing valuable repetitions in the process.
“It’s kind of a lingering issue, and we had some things done over the break to help speed up the process,” Doctson said. “I’m really looking forward to this as my first day of rehab, so I’ll get out there and see what my body is able to do [Thursday] afternoon.”
Doctson was placed on the PUP list, but can return at any time when deemed healthy by the Redskins medical staff. It’s a precaution — for now. And while missing on-field time is an issue, he’s also trying to look at the bigger picture. That’s not easy as a rookie first-round draft pick intent on making a quick impact.
“I’m listening to my teammates and my coaches and they’re talking to me,” Doctson said. “This is my first year, I’m used to the college season which is over just like that. But they’re telling me that this is a long process. You’ve got preseason games and regular season games. It’s going to be a long year, so I’ve got plenty of time.”
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