- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 21, 2016

ASHBURN | Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson watched practice in street clothes Wednesday because of knee and ankle problems.

Redskins coach Jay Gruden said Jackson began dealing with the issues in the third quarter of Sunday’s loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

“He started feeling a little pain, but he stayed in the game and finished the game,” Gruden said. “But, expectations are, I have no idea. It depends on how he’s feeling [Thursday] and the next day. Hopefully he’ll be OK.”

There is no hoping for nose tackle Kedric Golston, who had hamstring surgery Wednesday. Golston was added to the injured reserve list Monday after hopping off the field following the first play of the game Sunday.

There is also once again concern about rookie wide receiver Josh Doctson who missed three months of the offseason because of an Achilles tendon issue. Doctson played just 12 snaps in the opener. That total increased to 19 in Week 2. But, he was limited in practice Wednesday because of pain in his Achilles tendon.

Back at practice was linebacker Martrell Spaight. He was inactive last week because of concussion symptoms. However, he is still taking steps through the concussion protocol and is not participating in team drills. Left tackle Trent Williams (knee) and defensive lineman Chris Baker (elbow, ribs, toe, knee) were also limited.

Cousins understands pressure comes with the job

Kirk Cousins’ first two weeks have not been stellar, something being pointed out by everyone from his coach to the quarterback himself. It’s a situation that has led to Cousins repeating answers from the past. There’s pressure every season, every game, not just when a player is on a one-year deal, he said. Mistakes are going to happen. How a player comes back from them is crucial.

These are statements Cousins has made around his prior struggles, either in 2014 or at the start of last season. He was making them again Wednesday when explaining his at times negative contributions to the Redskins’ 0-2 start.

“If you were to say ‘Kirk, against the Eagles with the division title on the line on the road, were you at all stressed? I’d say yeah [laughter],” Cousins said. “I mean, my heart’s racing in that game. I took a knee, right? Right before halftime, I mean, do you think I was feeling happy-go-lucky going into the locker room at halftime on the road having just taken a knee to cost my team three points or a possible touchdown? No.

“I mean, the point is you’ve got to play well through whatever’s going on. So, when you don’t, obviously the initial reaction is it must be something, but I think a lot of those same things were present when I’ve played at a high level, too. You know, as I’ve said all the time, you know a little bit redundant, but this game, playing this position, it comes with the territory. There’s going to be pressure, there’s going to be expectations, there’s going to be failures, I’m going to throw picks. The key is going to be can I continue to just keep grinding and keep pushing, and that’s really all I know to do and all I’m going to do, and we’ll just let the chips fall where they may.”

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