Updates from Monday, Aug. 11
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:
DeSean Jackson doing more today than the past few days. Still a light workload, however.— Todd Dybas (@Todd_Dybas) August 11, 2014
Updates from Sunday, Aug. 10
The Washington Redskins provide an update on DeSean Jackson's injury from head coach Jay Gruden:
Gruden said WR @DeSeanJackson11 (ankle) ran individual routes today, and expects him to be back full-go in practice "very soon."— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) August 10, 2014
Updates from Thursday, Aug. 7
NFL Network's Albert Breer provides an update on DeSean Jackson's status:
DeSean Jackson officially out.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) August 7, 2014
Jackson joins Ryan Clark and Pierre Garçon on the shelf for Redskins. Jackson was out here earlier. I'm told he's fine. Just precautionary.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) August 7, 2014
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:
WR @DeSeanJackson11 walks off the practice field with a wrap on his left ankle. We'll get an update from Coach Gruden after practice.— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) August 6, 2014
Gruden: @DeSeanJackson11 got "cleated" and "twisted his ankle just a hair." He's questionable for tomorrow's preseason game.— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) August 6, 2014
Tarik El-Bashir of CSN Washington provides more injury details from Gruden:
Gruden called Jackson's injury a "fluke."— Tarik El-Bashir (@TarikCSN) August 6, 2014
Mike Jones of The Washington Post believes the injury may have been a result of Jackson stepping on someone's foot during a route:
DeSean Jackson hobbled on a jogging route. Looked like he may have stepped on someone's foot as he cut.— Mike Jones (@MikeJonesWaPo) August 6, 2014
Ben Volin of The Boston Globe weighed in with his thoughts regarding Jackson's status for Thursday night's preseason game:
So it looks like DeSean Jackson (ankle) and Pierre Garçon (hamstring) won’t play for Washington tomorrow night— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) August 6, 2014
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 CSNWashington.com.
"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."
Is there reason for concern regarding Jackson's injury?
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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