Josh Doctson Injury: Updates on Redskins WR's Achilles and Return

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LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 18: Wide receiver Josh Doctson #18 of the Washington Redskins misses a catch against cornerback Morris Claiborne #24 of the Dallas Cowboys in the second half at FedExField on September 18, 2016 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Washington Redskins wide receiver Josh Doctson has been out since Week 3 with a lingering Achilles injury from May that has forced him out of the lineup. The team placed him on injured reserve on Friday, and it is unclear when he will return to the field. 

Continue for updates.


Gruden Comments on Doctson's Status

Friday, Oct. 21 

"I think it's best for him," Gruden told reporters when discussing the decision to place Doctson on IR. The head coach said Doctson could return this season, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport


Latest on Doctson's Recovery Timeline

Sunday, Oct. 9

Rapoport reported on Oct. 9 that Doctson will be on the sidelines for "a few more weeks."


Latest on Doctson's Practice Status

Monday, Oct. 17

Gruden told reporters Doctson will not practice this week.


Doctson's NFL Career Has Been Stalled By Injury

Doctson told John Keim of ESPN.com "it's definitely a frustrating injury" and that it could be a continuing issue:

I was told when it occurred that it would be a frustrating process and frustrating year. ... We had a few doctors I flew to see, and they said the same thing -- that it's definitely something that will be recurring or could happen throughout the year just through activity. You need a longer time span for it to just cool out. Obviously, I don't have that time right now. In the offseason, it should be a done deal. But as of right now, it will be recurring.

Taken 22nd overall in the 2016 NFL draft, Doctson was brought on to provide another target alongside DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon for quarterback Kirk Cousins. 

However, he's been dealing with injury issues since his final season at TCU, when he was forced to miss the rest of the season with a wrist injury suffered in November.

Doctson was forced to the sideline for most of training camp toward the end of May due to Achilles tendinitis.

The 23-year-old has two catches on the season for 66 yards. 

Other receivers will have to step up in order for Jackson and Garcon to continue to get their reps and give Cousins consistent options downfield. If not, the Redskins offense could have difficulties getting into the end zone.

           

Stats courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.com.

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