It is not exactly the sight the Redskins wanted to see during OTA workouts. But new wide receiver DeSean Jackson went down with a left hamstring injury on Thursday and spent part of the practice having the muscle stretched by a team trainer.
“I think it’s a minor pull,” Washington coach Jay Gruden said. “Receivers get those from time to time, but we’ll take the necessary precautions to make sure he’s all right. He’s no good to us unless he’s running very fast. You saw some glimpses of it today. He’s had a very good offseason camp so far. We’ve just got to make sure he’s right.”
For his part, Jackson simply said the muscle was “a little tight” and that he wasn’t concerned as offseason workouts continue.
He wasn’t the only Redskins player dealing with an injury. This is the NFL after all. Defensive lineman Barry Cofield had hernia surgery recently and Gruden said he’s expected back at full speed by the start of training camp the final week of July.
“[Cofield is] making quick strides to get better,” Gruden said.
Added Cofield: “I feel good. I’ll be back soon. I’ll be back before training camp.”
Meanwhile, wide receiver Leonard Hankerson, who tore the ACL and LCL in his left knee last November, is progressing, too. But his timetable is far less certain given the severity of that injury with two torn ligaments.
“It’s a process that everybody’s different when you’re talking about that injury and how fast they recover,” Gruden said. “The biggest thing is that he recovers first. That’s the most important thing. We don’t want to rush him back, because obviously, it’s a tough injury to overcome and rehab from. Most importantly, let’s get him back 100 percent, whether the time is the start of training camp, middle of training camp, third game.”