ASHBURN — The Redskins are trying a new tact with injured rookie wide receiver Josh Doctson.
Battling a sore left Achilles tendon since May and limited to just two regular-season games, Doctson will be “immobilized” according to Washington coach Jay Gruden. That will allow him to take pressure of the tendon for several weeks to see if the inflammation goes down.
“I’m frustrated for him. I feel bad for him. He wants to play in the worst way,” Gruden said at a Monday afternoon press conference. “This is the most unique injury that people have seen, you know? Can’t put a finger on why he’s having pain, but he’s having pain. And he wants to play. And he’s not the same guy when you can’t push off because your Achilles is bothering you. So we’ve got to get to the bottom of it and give him a little bit of time hopefully and try to get to the bottom of it, but we’re more concerned about longevity right now. We want to make sure he gets well.”
If that doesn’t happen then Gruden admits Injured Reserve is a distinct possibility for Doctson, the team’s first-round draft pick in 2016 and No. 22 overall. Doctson hasn’t practiced since the week after the Dallas game on Sept. 18. He was limited all week and then scratched 90 minutes before the New York Giants game on Sept. 25.
“I’d say it’s a possibility, we’ll see,” Gruden said. “I think we’ll send him to another doctor, get another opinion and I think the plan right now is to probably immobilize him for a little bit, just to take completely the stress off of it for a little bit of time and then see where that leads us. IR maybe, maybe not, we don’t know yet.”
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