Some quick hits to get your Friday morning going:Yesterday we hit on how good it was that RG3 has been signed after missing just two days of rookie camp because we didnt have the owner out tweeting that a deal is close. Today, we are thankful that RG3 is in the fold because we dont have to listen to the head coach talk about what critical work he is missing because the rookie isnt there. Of course, I think many are thankful that Mike Shanahan is the head coach here and not Greg Schiano.I keep seeing fantasy experts saying that a Redskins running back is going to have a huge season; they just dont know which one. The idea is that the threat of Robert Griffin III running will free up things for a running back to pile up some serious yardage. I think that the Redskins running game could be very effective but Im not sure that any individual back will end up gaining 1200 yards or more. Tim Hightower, Roy Helu Jr. or Evan Royster are going to share the load and I think well see those three backs gaining from 500-900 yards each instead of one fantasy stud piling up all of the yardage.Last year Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski pulled some plays from Auburns playbook to help Cam Newton feel comfortable running the Carolina offense. Will Mike and Kyle Shanahan take pages from Baylors playbook to do the same for RG3? We have an article coming later this morning discussing just that.Days until: Training camp 6; preseason opener @ Bills 20; RG3 vs. Luck at FedEx Field 36; final cuts 43; Redskins @ Saints 51; home opener vs. Bengals 65
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)
When the Redskins drafted Josh Doctson No. 22 overall, the idea was the rookie receiver out of TCU would push DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon for snaps and catches. An Achilles injury limited Doctson's ability to hit the field, and now has landed the receiver on the injured reserve list.
Washington coach Jay Gruden announced the move to IR on Friday and said "It's best for him. For his state of mind it's important to get this thing fixed."
Doctson opened training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list and did not play in the preseason. He did not open the regular season on the IR, however, and played in the Redskins first two games against the Steelers and Cowboys, both losses.
From there, Doctson was inactive for four weeks before landing on the IR.
"I feel terrible for Josh," offensive coordinator Sean McVay said.
Moving Doctson to the IR had been discussed for a few weeks as his Achilles injury did not seem to improve, but Gruden and the Redskins front office wanted to wait and see if the rookie could rebound from the injury. A myriad of tests have been done on the affected area and did not reveal damage, so the cause of Doctson's pain remains unknown.
Expect much more information on Doctson and what it means for the Redskins receiving group to come.
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