DeSean Jackson Injury: Updates on Redskins Star's Ankle and Return

Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistAugust 6, 2014

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Updates from Monday, Aug. 11

DeSean Jackson returned to full practice on Monday and "appeared to move without any limitations," per Mike Jones of The Washington Post. Jones quoted the three-time Pro Bowler as saying:

I felt good, man. Had a little sore, bruised ankle for the last couple days. So to be back in the midst of things, felt good. ...

... Yeah. I’m going to be out there [next week against Cleveland], flying around with my teammates.

Todd Dybas of the Washington Times had more from today's practice:


Updates from Sunday, Aug. 10

The Washington Redskins provide an update on DeSean Jackson's injury from head coach Jay Gruden:


Updates from Thursday, Aug. 7

NFL Network's Albert Breer provides an update on DeSean Jackson's status:


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Wide receiver DeSean Jackson promises to be a vital part of the Washington Redskins' offensive attack in 2014, which is why there was some concern when he came up lame during Wednesday's practice.

According to the team's official Twitter account, Jackson is questionable for the team's first preseason game after his day was cut short with an apparent ankle injury:

Tarik El-Bashir of CSN Washington provides more injury details from Gruden:

Mike Jones of The Washington Post believes the injury may have been a result of Jackson stepping on someone's foot during a route:

Ben Volin of The Boston Globe weighed in with his thoughts regarding Jackson's status for Thursday night's preseason game:

These types of ailments aren't particularly uncommon in football, especially among wide receivers. It is very easy for wideouts and defensive backs to get their feet tangled, and that can inevitably lead to ankle issues.

There isn't yet any information available regarding the severity of the injury, but the hope among Redskins fans, players and coaches is that it was nothing more than a rolled ankle.

Head coach Jay Gruden removing Jackson from practice may very well have been precautionary. In fact, that precedent has already been set, as Gruden had his star receiver sit out Saturday's practice, per Tarik El-Bashir of

"We held DeSean out," Gruden said. "He had a little soreness in his legs. ... Just trying to keep him fresh. He's been running a lot."

From Washington's perspective, it is better to be safe than sorry when it comes to D-Jax's health. He is a dynamic player who adds a different dimension to the offense, and the Redskins need him to be 100 percent at the start of the regular season for the benefit of quarterback Robert Griffin III.

Jackson is coming off his best season, as he set career marks with 82 catches for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns with the Philadelphia Eagles. He has the potential to do something similar in Washington, so allowing him to rest through nagging injuries is a smart move on the Redskins' part.

Although Jackson may not need much time to recover, expect the team to sit him until the risk of further injury is eradicated.


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