ASHBURN, Va. – Redskins wide receiver Josh Doctson was activated from the physically unable to perform (PUP) list this weekend and practiced on Monday.
But the 2016 first-round pick remains in doubt for the season opener on Sept. 12 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Bothered by a sore left Achilles tendon since May, Doctson hadn’t practiced since May 25 during organized team activities (OTAs).
“I’m not going to step foot on [the field] Monday night, put the uniform on, run out there and get myself embarrassed,” Doctson said. “We’ve got guys who are going to get it done. If somebody gets tired I’m going to go in there and help out. That’s my position now.”
But he did consider Monday’s practice significant progress. Doctson began to increase his activity over the last two weeks, but he had yet to take the field with his teammates in shoulder pads. On Monday he did individual drills and ran pass patterns, and he participated in some team drills, too. That’s still a long way from where he wants to be, however.
“My expectations right now is just to get a feel for the game,” Doctson said. “I’ve been out three months. Coming in, playing receiver. I mean, I’m a rookie, going against guys like [Josh] Norman and [Bashaud] Breeland. I got to get back in the mix and back in the rhythm just being the finesse guy I am on the field. So I’ve just got to get back in a routine right now. That’s my expectation.”
Asked if he could play in a game today, Doctson was unequivocal. He said no. Not without a week a practice. He’d feel guilty even trying. Still — given where he was a few weeks ago and where he is now, Doctson and the Redskins will take it. With their depth at wide receiver, they have time to work him into the lineup, whether he plays against Pittsburgh or not.
“I’m encouraged. I’m out here. It’s a positive. It’s a plus,” Doctson said. “I’m not out here wasting a day. Today was getting back into it, getting a nice sweat. I didn’t get tired at all out there. So that goes a tribute to what the guys did with me in terms of rehab conditioning and doing what I can do.”
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