Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson says he’s been cleared by the team’s medical staff and that he intends to play Sunday against the Patriots.
Jackson, who has been sidelined since Week 1 with a hamstring injury, participated a light practice with his teammates Monday.
“As far as I feel right now,” Jackson said, asked if he expects to play at Foxboro. “I’m just getting acclimated, getting back into the flow of things. You can run [on your own], you can do everything, but it’s different from getting out on the football field and actually running routes vs. a corner and having to stop and break.”
“As far as today went, I felt good,” Jackson added. “Hopefully throughout the week I can continue to progress and get stronger.”
The Redskins don’t normally practice on Monday but since the team is coming of its bye, Coach Jay Gruden said he wanted to get in a “bonus” session, which was aimed at conditioning and technique, not prepping for the undefeated Patriots.
Jackson participated in individual drills, which included running routes.
He said the next hurdle is getting over the fear of re-injuring himself.
“It’s just building the confidence in my mind,” he said. “When I run, I don’t feel it. But after injuries sometimes, you think about it in your mind. So I’m just trying to build that confidence, go out on the field, put the reps and hopefully still feel good. That’s really all it about, with me being [medically] cleared now."
Since going down with the injury Sept. 13, a lot has happened in Jackson’s life, including his Los Angeles area home being invaded while he was not there and his first child being born. Jackson didn’t have a lot to say about the break-in, but he did talk about the arrival of DeSean Jr.
“A little bit, man,” Jackson said, asked if he’s getting any sleep. “Trying to do the best I can. It’s awesome. It’s a blessing having my son here. I am [trying to] focus on being a professional athlete and being a Dad at the same time. It’s good.”