There’s a chance that Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson could suit up against the Eagles next week, Coach Jay Gruden said on Friday.
Jackson, who this week began jogging off to the side at practice, suffered a pulled hamstring in the first quarter of the season opener and has been sidelined ever since. The original diagnosis was that he’d miss 3-4 weeks.
"I think there's a chance,” Gruden said of Jackson playing when the Redskins host the Eagles on Oct. 4. “We'll have to wait and see.”
Gruden added with a chuckle: “He's a unique human being in a lot of ways; that was a compliment.”
Last season, Jackson returned earlier than expected from a shoulder sprain in time to face his former team.
“I think his progress is coming along pretty good,” Gruden said. “For a guy who runs a 4.25 [second 40 yard dash], to get him back to that, that’s probably going to take some time. But knowing DeSean, he’s got a chance to be back sooner than we think. He’s pretty optimistic about how it’s healing right now. So we just have to wait and see.”
Gruden, however, said the Redskins are going to be cautious with their star wide out.
“He's working very hard with the trainer and we'll just wait and see,” he said. “We'll get back here Monday [for a light practice]. He’s going to have good treatment [sessions] Saturday and Sunday [and] …we'll see how he's jogging around a little bit. Tuesday we'll be off and Wednesday we'll see where he's at.”
“I know he's champing at the bit to get back, but we’ve got to be smart with him,” Gruden added. “You know, those hamstrings are tricky. He's got to be full-go for him to go.”
In two games against the Eagles last season, Jackson had nine catches for 243 yards and a touchdown.
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