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Brian Mitchell reveals that Josh Doctson had his heel drained during training camp

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Brian Mitchell reveals that Josh Doctson had his heel drained during training camp

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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Enjoy a closer look at the new Washington Football Team helmets

Enjoy a closer look at the new Washington Football Team helmets

As NFL teams prepare for the truncated preseason, the Washington Football Team's equipment managers are preparing for an entirely new look. The team already unveiled its new-look uniforms and helmets, and it shared a closeup look for fans on Instagram Wednesday night.

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The helmets have been a major hit among fans online since being revealed, so any time they can get up close and personal, they'll be happy.

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As the opener grows nearer, fans will continue to be excited for any glimpse of the new uniforms, helmets and players ahead of the 2020 season. As long as the uniforms look this great, we'll take any more videos from the equipment team, please and thank you.

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DeAngelo Hall explains why he's so excited to join Washington's radio broadcast booth

DeAngelo Hall explains why he's so excited to join Washington's radio broadcast booth

The Washington Football Team announced its revamped radio broadcast crew on Tuesday, and longtime Burgundy and Gold defensive back DeAngelo Hall was named as one of the new additions to the booth.

Hall will provide color commentary alongside play-by-play analyst Bram Weinstein. Julie Donaldson, who recently took over as Washington's Senior VP of Media and Content, will serve as host and anchor. 

In an interview with Donaldson on Wednesday, Hall shared his excitement to return to Washington in a different role, with the same team he spent over a decade playing for.

"It was just so much that I felt like was unfinished with Washington," Hall said. "I wanted to bring championships to the city, wanted to win so many more games, wanted to cement my legacy as a member of this organization."

Hall spent parts of 10 seasons with Washington, suiting up for a total of 106 games for the club. The cornerback-turned-safety was a team captain for multiple seasons during his time in D.C. and seen as one of the main leaders on the squad.

As Hall mentioned, during his tenure in D.C., the team left the field on the losing end a lot more times than they were victorious. In the near-decade that Hall played for the Burgundy and Gold, Washington made the playoffs just twice, losing both times in the Wild Card round.

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Despite multiple losing seasons as of late, the team is ushering in a new era, one that fans have plenty to be excited about. Well-respected head coach Ron Rivera is now in charge, and the team has no shortage of young talent. Now, they have a new broadcast team to help begin a new era of Washington football following the plethora of organizational changes that have occurred this offseason.

The team's new radio broadcast trio replaces the long-time voice of the team, Larry Michael, as well as analysts Chris Cooley and Rick "Doc" Walker. Michael resigned last month amid allegations in a Washington Post story of inappropriate behavior

Cooley joined the booth as an analyst in 2013, replacing former Washington linebacker Sam Huff. Cooley worked alongside Michael and Sonny Jurgensen, who served as part of the radio broadcast before retiring last August.

Hall knows he has big shoes to fill, and he's ready to do just that.

"Having played all those years there, listening to Sonny [Jurgenson] and Sam [Huff], to pick up that mantle, to me, that's just as big of an honor as playing for the Washington Football Team," Hall said. "Those guys did such a great job for so many years. I just hope I can do half as good of a job as those two guys."

Since retiring following the 2016 season, Hall has spent time as an analyst for NFL Network and NBC Sports Washington.

"I'm super pumped. Super honored," Hall said. "I'm ready to work...I just can't even put into words, I'm so excited."

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