WASHINGTON — Say what you want about Washington Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan, but you can’t say he doesn’t care. He starts training camp 2016 with a bandaged hand, for reasons that will likely go down in Redskins team lore.
After one of the organization’s best offseasons in recent memory, McCloughan got the dreaded call from downstairs at Redskins Park. The team doctor, on the other end of the line, had bad news: first round steal and new offensive toy, wide receiver Josh Doctson, might be lost for the season with a torn Achilles’ tendon.
Former player Chris Cooley told ESPN Radio in Washington that McCloughan, so consumed with emotion, punched his office wall.
As it turns out, Doctson’s injury isn’t as bad as the doctors feared, and McCloughan’s left hand is also on the mend:
Doctson, who begins camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list, couldn’t believe the story when he first heard it. Now, he has a better idea of what this franchise has invested in him–at least emotionally.
“I thought he was playing around, but he was being for real,” Doctson told the media. “You know, it’s just what they believe I can do. They trust me.”
Cooley also appreciates the passion flowing from the top of the organization.
“I just thought, ‘I love you. I freaking love you, man,'” Cooley recalled. “Everything he does. He cares so much about his guys, his players. It upset him.”
McCloughan made light of the situation after walkthrough on Friday, playfully telling reporters within earshot of Doctson, “It’s this guy’s fault.”
With the spacious fields in Richmond, it might be best for doctors to deliver any more bad news to McCloughan outside of the enclosed facility.