Josh Doctson could be bothered by heel injury for rest of season
ASHBURN Josh Doctson suffered a heel injury last week and the injury could bother the Redskins receiver for the rest of the season even as he returns to action.
Coach Jay Gruden said Tuesday he wasn’t sure if Doctson’s heel would ever be “100 percent” moving forward. The wideout missed Monday’s matchup with the Saints, though Gruden said Doctson was close to playing.
On Wednesday, Gruden classified Doctson’s injury as a “nagging deal.”
“If you think about a swollen heel or a sore heel, every time you put your shoe on and run, it’s going to be a nagging type deal,” Gruden said. “I don’t think it’s anything that will keep him out of the lineup for the next few weeks, but it will be something that he’s got to a get a new shoe probably and something to work with and deal with.”
Doctson suffered the injury when he was “kicked” in the heel last week and missed four straight days of practice. The former first-rounder tested his foot before the team’s loss to the Saints, but Gruden made the final call to hold Doctson back as a precaution, adding he didn’t want the injury to become worse.
The Redskins did not practice Wednesday and instead participated in a walkthrough. But because of the NFL’s injury policy, the team had to still put out an update estimating Doctson would have been limited had they practiced.
Per the update, receiver Jamison Crowder (ankle), Paul Richardson (knee) and Troy Apke (hamstring) would have been out.
Running backs Chris Thompson (knee, rib) and Adrian Peterson (ankle, shoulder, knee), guards Shawn Lauvao (calf) and Brandon Scherff (knee), tackle Trent Williams (knee), tight end Vernon Davis (hamstring) and linebacker Zach Vigil (thigh) were also listed as limited.
Gruden was asked if he was optimistic Peterson and Richardson would play Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.
“I’m not optimistic or pessimistic, either one right now,” Gruden said. “I’m just going to wait and see, day-to-day. These injuries are both pretty sore, but they are both very tough guys. I just have to wait to see what the trainers say.”