When DeSean Jackson strained his hamstring early in the Redskins’ Week 1 game against the Dolphins, the team estimated that he would be out for three to four weeks. He could be very close to returning.
Jackson, who led the league last year with an average of over 20 yards percatch, has now missed four games and he is getting back into the swing of things. He practiced on a limited basis last week but he was very limited, only taking part in some of individual drills.
He was limited in practice today but he appeared to be more active during the portion that media was permitted to observe.
“We're slowly starting to get more and more reps,” said Jay Gruden. “He's taking them and he looks pretty good. With a hamstring you've got to work it then you've got to recover and rehab. We'll come out here tomorrow and see if he improves. If he has any negative effects we'll go from there.”
That is the official version. Unofficially some players in the locker room gave strong indications that they believe that Jackson will play.
But we will have to see tomorrow after Jackson goes through the cycle of recovery and rehab and then going through practice again.
The Redskins’ offense has missed Jackson, their only experienced deep threat. Their average yards per pass attempt last year was 8.2 yards; so far this year it has fallen to 6.6. Certainly, missing Jackson’s average of 20.9 yards per catch accounts for at least part of that substantial decrease.