RICHMOND—There was a bit of a buzz on social media this morning when Redskins wide receiver Josh Doctson went out the practice field for the morning walkthrough wearing a walking boot on his injured left foot.
Doctson has yet to participate in a training camp practice; the team’s first-round draft pick has been on the PUP list with an Achilles injury since the start of camp. The injury also cost him a lot of time during OTAs and minicamp.
The organization wanted to make it clear that the presence of the boot on his foot did not mean that Doctson had suffered a setback. The team’s PR department went around after practice and told reporters individually that the boot was just to rest the foot and that there had been no issues with the injury.
The Redskins open their preseason a week from tomorrow in Atlanta against the Falcons. It seems very unlikely that Doctson will be ready to play in that game. He would have to be taken off of the PUP list sometime in the next several days to be able to play in the Redskins’ second preseason game on August 19 at FedEx Field against the Jets.
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Mason Foster saved the Redskins’ win last Sunday. He might be watching this Sunday’s game from the sideline, according to a report.
Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, Foster is getting a second opinion on the shoulder that he dislocated in the second quarter of the Redskins’ win in Los Angeles. Rapoport said that it is "likely" that Foster will be out against the Raiders on Sunday night.
Foster popped the joint back into place and continued to play, not missing a snap. After the Redskins took the lead with less than two minutes to play, Foster sealed the 27-20 win with an interception on the Rams’ first play after the score.
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The severity of the shoulder injury is not known, but if he is going to get a second opinion that usually means that the initial diagnosis was a fairly severe injury. The fact that he played with it for a half doesn’t mean that the injury won’t cause him to miss time. It’s not unusual for the adrenaline of being in the game will allow a player to push through an injury but problems pop up the following morning.
Fortunately for the Redskins, they do have an experienced backup should Foster miss any time. Will Compton has played in 50 games with the Redskins with 29 starts, including 15 starts last year.
Jay Gruden will speak to the media about Foster and several other Redskins who came out of Sunday’s game with injuries following the team’s practice, which starts at 1:45 p.m.
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