Redskins could be without Garçon, Jackson in preseason opener

Redskins could be without Garçon, Jackson in preseason opener
August 6, 2014, 11:00 am
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(USA Today Sports)

RICHMOND—Pierre Garçon missed a second straight day of practice on Wednesday and DeSean Jackson left early in the session after turning his ankle.

Garçon has already been ruled out of Thursday’s preseason game against the Patriots, Gruden said. But if Jackson doesn’t play, either, that will leave the Redskins without both of their starting wide receivers for the exhibition opener at FedEx Field.

“DeSean got ‘cleated’ today in a walkthrough and twisted his ankle just a hair,” Gruden said. “We’ll see how he does at rehab and treatment and all that.”

The Redskins figure to be thin in the secondary, too. Safeties Phillip Thomas and Ryan Clark, both of whom are battling hamstring injuries, will also be sidelined against the Patriots, Gruden said. Thomas has been battling soreness for a week, while Clark injured himself Tuesday.

Defensive end Jason Hatcher, meantime, could suit up for the preseason game against the Ravens on Aug. 23, Gruden said.

“He’s progressing very well,” he said of Hatcher, who had his left knee scoped in late June. “I think it will be sooner than later. Target date in my mind is the third preseason game. He’s very close to returning.”

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