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Jammal Brown practices for first time


Jammal Brown practices for first time

A week after being cleared by team doctors to resume practice, offensive lineman Jammal Brown joined his teammates on the field at Redskins Park for the first time this season.

Brown’s participation level was between limited and full Monday afternoon, according to Coach Mike Shanahan.

“It’s a good sign,” Shanahan said. “But you really don’t know until you start doing football related drills. Going out there and working out is one thing but [having] 300-plus pounders going against each other, he hasn’t been doing any of that.”

Brown is recovering from surgery on a balky hip that’s plagued him for more than a year and has kept him on the sidelines since a conditioning drill on the eve of training camp. Tyler Polumbus has replaced Brown at right tackle through the season’s first nine games.

“Excited to be back practicing,” Brown said. “It was starting to feel lonely. Being back on the field with teammates, it feels good.”

Brown added: “I kind of surprised myself. I felt pretty good, honestly. I feel a lot looser. I can bend a lot more. I’m eager to see after a week or so how I feel. It was a great day for me.”

Brown even took on extra work.

“I told [reserve tackle] Jordan Black, ‘Hey, I’ll take the rest of these [reps]’,” Brown cracked.

Although there’s no timetable for Brown’s return, the team must make a decision on the 31-year-old two weeks from Tuesday, Shanahan confirmed. They must activate Brown or put him on the season-ending injured reserve list.

Brown made it clear that the latter option is not something he’s considering.

“Hopefully as soon as possible,” Brown said, asked when he will play in a game again. “We have to do it the right way [because] I can’t go through this again. The Redskins are trying to be cautious. But I hope they aren’t too cautious. The season is ending.”

Brown said the biggest hurdle he must clear is strengthening the joint.

“He’s been working out extremely hard and he looked good today,” Shanahan said. “Looks like his flexibility is much improved. He looks like he’s pain free. So hopefully in the next couple of weeks he’ll be ready to go.”


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Doctson could return from IR in Week 15

Doctson could return from IR in Week 15

The announcement that the Redskins are sending Josh Doctson to injured reserve wasn’t really a surprise to anyone, although perhaps the timing was. Jay Gruden has said earlier that he thought they would wait until after the bye to make a decision on whether or not to put Doctson on the shelf. But visits to a couple of specialists convinced them to make the move.

The team’s top draft pick ends the season with 31 snaps played and two receptions for 66 yards including a 57-yard reception against the Cowboys. Doctson wasn’t expected to contribute much this season but the plans were to let him get his feet wet, learn in practice, and be ready to take over a starting role next year.

Now, he can’t practice for eight games even if he overcomes his mysterious Achilles problems. He can go to meetings and be around the facility and there is some benefit in that.  

Like any player put on injured reserve after the roster cut to 53, Doctson is eligible to return after eight games. The team has one move off of IR that it can use each season. The earliest that Doctson could return is Week 15, when the Redskins host the Panthers. There is a long way to go before that bridge needs to be crossed.

The other possibilities to be activated later are center Kory Lichtensteiger and safety David Bruton. But that is a decision that can be made later in the season. Who knows what the injury picture might look like when they do have to make a call.

To replace Doctson on the roster the Redskins signed rookie free agent wide receiver Maurice Harris to the roster. At 6-3 Harris immediately becomes the tallest receiver on the roster.

The move doesn’t have much of an effect on the wide receiver depth chart since Doctson has been inactive for four weeks. It remains to be seen when Harris will see the field on game days.

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Redskins injury report: Cravens good to go

Redskins injury report: Cravens good to go


Injured reserve

WR Josh Doctson (Achilles)—While they wanted to wait until after the bye week to make this determination they sent the top draft pick to some more specialists and the decision was made to put him on the shelf. Jay Gruden said that he could return later in the season. The earliest he could do so would be Week 15.  


TE Jordan Reed (concussion)—The star tight end had symptoms after the Ravens game and it was determined that he has a concussion. This week he did get to practice on a limited basis on Wednesday but he was not on the field Thursday or Friday. This will be the second game missed for Reed.


WR DeSean Jackson (shoulder)—He did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday but he practiced on Friday and Gruden said “he ran around pretty good”. Both Jackson and Gruden seem to be confident that he will play but that remains to be seen.

Not on injury report

LB Su’a Cravens (concussion)—He entered the concussion protocol immediately after the Browns game. The rookie was a full go in practice on Thursday and Friday and Gruden said that “he’s good to go” after missing two games.



  • TE Eric Ebron (ankle/knee)
  • LB DeAndre Levy (knee/quad)
  • DT Haloti Ngata (shoulder)
  • RB Theo Riddick (ankle)
  • T Corey Robinson (ankle)


  • DE Ezekiel Ansah (ankle)
  • G Larry Warford (groin)
  • RB Dwayne Washington (ankle)
  • LB Tahir Whitehead (abdomen)