First-round draft pick Josh Doctson was put on injured reserve by the Washington Redskins on Friday with an injured left Achilles tendon.
The former TCU and Mansfield Legacy standout has missed the past four games for Washington (4-2) after making just one catch in each of the team’s first two games.
The wide receiver was the 22nd overall pick in this year’s NFL draft but has been troubled by the Achilles tendon problem since rookie minicamp in May. Doctson did not play at all in the preseason.
“With all the work that we’ve put in, we thought it was best to immobilize him for a little bit of time and see if that can help,” Redskins coach Jay Gruden said Friday.
Gruden raised the possibility of bringing Doctson back from IR later on — each team can do that with one player per season — saying, “Hopefully we’ll get him back for the last, maybe, two games of the year.”
Said teammate DeSean Jackson: “Hopefully he’ll get right and get the treatment he needs and be back out there for us as soon as possible.”
Doctson had one catch for 9 yards in Week 1, and one catch for 57 yards in Week 2. The Redskins were hoping he could contribute this season and be ready to step into a bigger role next season if Jackson or Pierre Garcon leaves via free agency.
Gruden also said tight end Jordan Reed will miss Sunday’s game at the Detroit Lions (3-3) with a concussion. Reed, who leads the team with 33 catches in 2016, also sat out last week’s win over Philadelphia after hitting his head during a victory over Baltimore a week earlier.
He participated somewhat in practice Wednesday — wearing a yellow, noncontact jersey — before being held out entirely Thursday and Friday.
“I don’t think he had a setback,” Gruden said. “I just think they didn’t really clear him. … That’s all I can say. I don’t even try to argue or ask why. I just [ask] if he’s cleared or not – and the answer is ‘No.’ So hopefully we’ll get him back next week.”
Jackson, the receiver whose left shoulder has been bothering him, practiced Friday after sitting out Wednesday and Thursday. He was listed as questionable against Detroit.
Gruden said the team would see how Jackson feels Saturday before determining whether he would play at Detroit.
“That’s a decision they’ve got to make,” Jackson said. “I think I’ll be all right, though.”