Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson said he knew right away that his hamstring injury was a significant one.
“I never had to deal with feeling an injury [that] popped like this,” Jackson said. “I was definitely worried because I never felt that before, with a pop in my hamstring. I definitely knew that wasn’t good.”
Since Jackson signed in Washington last year, he’s sprained both shoulders, suffered a bruised shin and now has a pulled hamstring. In all, he's missed one game and left at least three others with injuries.
“I’ve never really been a hamstring guy,” Jackson said Wednesday. “I never really had too many hamstring problems. It’s kinda new for me."
He added: “I was just running around [cornerback Brent] Grimes. He kinda reached for me and I kinda tried to reach out of it, and [the hamstring] just grabbed on me. It’s part of the game. Injuries happen. It’s just unfortunate but you have to deal with it. But I’ll do everything I need to do to get back right.”
Jackson, who got hurt on the Redskins’ second series against the Dolphins, acknowledged that missing the preseason while rehabbing a shoulder injury might have contributed to the hamstring pull.
“It probably had a little bit to do with it,” Jackson said. “But with the time I was given, I thought I did a good job [of getting into football shape].”
Jackson also said that he agrees with the timeline of about a month, though he hopes he'll return to full health in less time.
“Maybe two to four [weeks],” Jackson said. “But you never know. It might speed up a little faster. It might go a little slower. You never know. But hopefully I can get back faster [rather] than longer.”
One of the players the Redskins will rely on to replace Jackson is Rashad Ross, one of Jackson’s close friends and one of the team’s fastest players. But don’t suggest to Jackson that Ross might be faster.
“He’s like my little brother,” Jackson cracked. “I don’t think he’s ready to crown that yet. He’s still got some years. But, nah, he’s got some speed on him, though.”