RICHMOND -- It's been a tough few days for Josh Doctson.

On Wednesday, the third-year wideout went down hard on his left shoulder and cornerback Josh Norman landed on top of him while working near the goal line. It looked bad in person and Doctson got up in obvious pain. The situation seemed legit worrisome, but good news emerged. 

Doctson tweeted out that he was good, and Washington head coach Jay Gruden confirmed that Doctson should be good to go for Saturday's practice though he would sit out the session on Thursday. 

That wasn't the only injury news, though. 

NBC Sports Washington's Brian Mitchell reported that a team source informed him that Doctson had to get his heel drained earlier in the week. 

Many pro athletes get their joints drained. It's a common practice, particularly with knee trouble. 

For Doctson, however, any mention of his feet carries baggage. Before camp opened, he underwent a "precautionary" MRI on his Achilles. The test revealed no trouble. Doctson called it a "tune up" and Gruden dismissed the notion that the procedure should be alarming. Then came the shoulder injury. 


Doctson missed basically his entire rookie year in 2016 with Achilles injuries. In 2017 he dealt with a nagging hamstring injury for much of training camp and the first month of the season. 

A first-round pick in 2016, Doctson is wildly talented. He makes big plays all over the field in practice, and has shown that ability in flashes in games. 

Odds are that getting the heel drained is not a big deal. At all. But it can't feel good, either. 



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