ASHBURN -- DeSean Jackson missed Redskins OTAs on Tuesday, marking at least the second voluntary training session the wide receiver has missed this offseason.
Asked after the session about Jackson's absence, Washington coach Jay Gruden said the team was not caught by surprise.
"He had a personal matter to attend to today, Gruden said. "He will be back tomorrow."
Jackson has a reality show coming out soon on BET, and was seen filming parts for the show last week at OTAs. For his part, Jackson made clear he does not care what is said or thought about his absence from voluntary practices.
"As far as any critics or anybody else, I don’t play for them and I don’t worry about them,” Jackson said last Wednesday. “I live my life to do what I need to do, and I had things that were in important in my life. In regards to anything else, I don’t care about that.”
The best offensive weapon the Redskins had in 2014, Jackson collected more than 50 catches for 1,169 yards and six touchdowns. A 28-year-old speedster already familiar with the offense, it's not like Jackson has much to learn in OTAs.
The flip side is other veterans with impressive track records, players like Trent Williams and Ryan Kerrigan, are attending the OTA sessions even as they work back from injury and are unable to participate in drills.
Jackson was unceremoniously released from Philadelphia prior to the 2014 season amid rumors and whispers that off-field behavior was becoming a distraction. In his first season with Washington, Jackson's stellar play on the field was the main story line. There was one minor controversy when Jackson posted a picture via Instagram that perhaps called out some teammates, but with a team slumping to a 4-12 finish, it was hard to garner too much anger.