The Redskins got a scare during Wednesday’s practice when wide receiver DeSean Jackson injured his left ankle and went to the sideline, but it doesn’t sound like the team is overly concerned with his health.
Coach Jay Gruden said after practice that Jackson “twisted his ankle just a hair” after getting cleated during the team’s joint session with the Patriots. They’ll play the Patriots in their preseason opener on Thursday night and Gruden said that Jackson is considered questionable for that contest, which will see the Redskins starters play around 8-10 plays before giving way to reserves.
While the team may decide that precaution is the better course of action, the fact that they haven’t ruled him out immediately bodes well for his availability in the near future. If Jackson doesn’t play, the Redskins will be doubly short at wide receiver as Pierre Garçon is not going to play after dealing with a hamstring injury over the last week or so.
Washington will also be without safeties Ryan Clark, who tweaked his hamstring in Tuesday’s practice, and Bacarri Rambo as they kick off their exhibition schedule.