Washington first-round rookie receiver Josh Doctson has been limited to just two catches in two games this season because of an Achilles injury, and there’s a chance that injury won’t get better this year.
Although coach Jay Gruden had previously said injured reserve wasn’t under consideration for Doctson, he opened the door to the possibility that it could be, while still saying that for now the team is focused on getting Doctson healthy and back on the field.
“That [injured reserve] might come up later on, if the [MRI] results change. But right now there’s no thought,” Gruden said, via the Washington Post. “I hate to put him on IR and then he’s better tomorrow, you know what I mean, because he’s such a valuable, big-play guy. So we’ll give him the benefit of the doubt and see what happens.”
The last time Doctson played, in Week Two against the Cowboys, he showed off some talent with a 57-yard catch. But Doctson said his Achilles injury was bothering him at the time, and in hindsight he shouldn’t have taken the field.
“I’m gonna stay out ’til I feel like my body is ready to get back in there 100 percent,” Doctson said. “This last time I jumped in there, I was probably 70, 75 [percent]. That was my decision [to play against Dallas]. It was a rookie mistake, so I learned from that.”
Washington would hate to get just two catches out of Doctson for his entire rookie year, but that still seems like a possibility.