The Washington Redskins got a bit of a scare during Wednesday morning’s joint practice with the New England Patriots when wide receiver DeSean Jackson limped to the sidelines with a left ankle injury.
However, coach Jay Gruden didn’t seem overly concerned about any long-term effects, according to Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com.
Jay Gruden said DeSean Jackson got cleated and “twisted his ankle just a hair.” Skins could be without Garcon (hamstring) and Jackson Thurs
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) August 6, 2014
The Redskins have been judicious with Jackson early in training camp. He didn’t practice Saturday because of what Gruden called “a little soreness in his legs,” according to Comcast SportsNet Washington.
While the first preseason game isn’t a crucial step on any team’s road to a championship, the Redskins likely won’t get a chance to see quarterback Robert Griffin III and his two likely starting wide receivers, Jackson and Pierre Garcon, on Thursday when they play the Patriots at FedEx Field in Landover, Md.
Garcon has been dealing with a hamstring injury that has been dogging him throughout camp, according to CSN Washington.
The Redskins signed Jackson as a free agent on April 1, shortly after he was released by the Philadelphia Eagles.
Jackson was a Pro Bowler last season for the third time in his six-year career after finishing with career highs of 82 receptions and 1,332 yards and matching a career best with nine touchdowns.
Last year was Jackson’s second Pro Bowl selection as a receiver; he was picked as a return specialist in 2009 after running back two punts for touchdowns and leading the NFL with a 15.2-yard per return average on punts.