Earlier this week, Redskins coach Jay Gruden ruled rookie wide receiver Josh Doctson out for this Sunday’s game against the Lions and suggested that it might not be until after the team’s Week Nine bye before there was a change in his status.
As it turns out, it will be a lot longer than that. Gruden announced on Friday that Doctson will be placed on injured reserve because of the Achilles injury that the first-round pick suffered in the spring and has limited him to two games this season.
“We saw another specialist, a couple of them now, I think with all the work that we put in we thought it was best to immobilize him for a little bit of time and see if that can help by the time he gets out of the boot,” Gruden said, via the team’s website. “Then he’ll need time to see if he’s ready and hopefully we’ll get him back for the last maybe two games of the year.”
Doctson will be eligible to return to action in Week 15, although, as Gruden said, that’s far from a sure thing given how long Doctson has already been dealing with the injury.
Wide receiver Maurice Harris will be added from the practice squad to fill Doctson’s spot on the roster.