- The Washington Times - Friday, October 21, 2016

When wide receiver Josh Doctson was selected in the first round of last season’s draft, onlookers were surprised. Washington had depth at receiver. General manager Scot McCloughan often eschewed the shiny for the grind, chasing linebackers and “middle men” in past drafts. It wasn’t a talent issue. More of a fit concern rationalized by the fact veteran wide receivers DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon were going into the final year of their contracts.

Trouble began not long after. Doctson missed most of the offseason and preseason because of pain in his Achilles tendon, which he first injured in rookie minicamp. Just before training camp, doctors told McCloughan that Doctson could be out several weeks. He punched a wall after hearing the news. At camp in Richmond, he walked around with his hand wrapped. Walls inside Redskins Park could be in trouble following Friday’s news.

After not being able to figure out what is causing Doctson’s Achilles tendon problem, the team finally relented and placed him on injured reserve. He made two catches in two games. Now, his first season could be over.

NFL rules allow teams to bring back one player that has been on injured reserve for at least six weeks.

“It’s disappointing, but I think it’s best for him – that’s the most important thing,” Redskins coach Jay Gruden said. “I think for his state of mind, I think it’s important to get this thing fixed, and do it the right way. I think based on the information that we’ve gathered, we tried to push him along maybe a little bit too hard because we didn’t really feel like – we really couldn’t find anything wrong. But obviously, he feels like there’s something wrong in there. Something is bothering him. So, let’s get to the bottom of it, get him healthy, and get him ready for the end of the year, or next year.”

Rookie wide receiver Maurice Harris was moved from the practice squad to the 53-man roster to replace Doctson.


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