Redskins wide receiver Josh Doctson is not off to a good start to the 2018 season. It’s possible that it may not get better quickly.
The third-year receiver was out of Thursday’s practice. Jay Gruden said that Doctson had been kicked in the heel during practice on Monday.
Gruden was unsure about Doctson’s status for the Redskins’ game against the Saints on Monday night, saying that the player is “day-to-day."
On Wednesday, Doctson did not participate in the portion of practice that was open to the media. Later, he came into the locker room when the media was present but he quickly got something out of his locker and exited. Gruden did not give reporters any information about Doctson’s absence from practice.
The Redskins are looking for a breakout season for Doctson and so far things are not off to a good start. In three games this year he played 88 percent of the snaps and was targeted 13 times and he has five receptions. Four of his catches came in one game, the Week 2 loss to the Colts.
"I think statistically it's not where he wants to be, but I think he's getting better,” said Gruden. “We are 2-1, that’s the bottom line. We've been pretty productive on offense. Sometimes he'll be asked to do more, make some plays, hopefully it will be this week, but I think he'll make plenty of plays for us by the time the season is over.”
Although Doctson didn’t have a great 2017 season (35 receptions, 502 yards) but he did get into the end zone a team-leading six times. He has yet to get there this year although he has had some chances.
“We tried a couple,” said Gruden. “We tried to fade it to him against Indy and we overthrew him out of the back of the end zone. Then we had one where they held him I think last week against Green Bay, where he got the P.I. [pass interference], which is good.”
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The Antonio Brown Era in New England is over.
Brown, one of the most prolific wide receivers to ever play in the NFL, was released by the Patriots Friday afternoon, just 11 days after signing with the team.
Shortly after his release from the Raiders, which preceded his signing in New England, reports surfaced of sexual assault allegations being levied at Brown. The receiver was facing charges of rape from a former trainer, and it was initially unclear how much the Patriots knew about prior to his signing.
Brown did end up playing in Week 2, his first opportunity with the Patriots, in Miami. He caught four passes for 56 yards and a touchdown, in addition to rushing the ball once for a five-yard gain.
Late Thursday night, additional reports surfaced of intimidating texts sent by Brown to someone involved in his court case. Less than a day later, the receiver tweeted a farewell to his now former team.
Minutes later, the Patriots announced they had parted ways with Brown.
The team released the following statement: “The New England Patriots are releasing Antonio Brown. We appreciate the hard work of many people over the past 11 days, but we feel that it is best to move in a different direction at this time.”
The investigation into the sexual assault allegations against Brown remains ongoing at this time.
The Redskins will host the Patriots in Week 5 of the 2019 NFL season.
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Jonathan Allen declared himself "100 percent" in for the Redskins Monday night game against the Bears. That's great news, except Allen might not have the final say in the matter.
The Redskins defensive captain and third-year defensive tackle sprained his knee Week 1 in Philadelphia and wanted to return in that game. He didn't, and subsequently, missed Week 2 against Dallas too. Washington head coach Jay Gruden explained that the team has to protect Allen, a fierce competitor, against himself. He doesn't want to miss any action, even if resting his injured knee might be the most prudent course.
Asked what would happen if the medical staff tried to prevent him from playing in Monday's contest, Allen did not really respond but rather shake his head.
Elsewhere on the team, there doesn't seem to be as much good news on the injury front.
The news on cornerback Quinton Dunbar doesn't seem encouraging.
"I don’t know about Dunbar. He was struggling a bit today," Gruden said after practice. The cornerback injured his knee against Philly and missed the Cowboys game. It would take some serious progress for Dunbar to play Monday night.
The news seems even more concerning with tight end Jordan Reed. He hasn't played since sustaining a concussion in the third preseason game, and this week he practiced on Wednesday but didn't make it out on the field Thursday or Friday. At this point, the Redskins seem wise to move forward without Reed in the game plan as he works his way back from the concussion protocol.
Further down the line, cornerback Fabian Moreau looks like he is tracking to return to the field against Chicago while questions keep popping up around safety Montae Nicholson. Gruden said Nicholson's absence was mainly for rest.