Wednesday practice report: DeSean Jackson leaves early after getting ‘cleated,’ Tom Brady, Ryan Mallett get in final reps
|08.06.14 at 11:13 am ET|
RICHMOND, Va. — The Patriots and Redskins held their third and final joint practice session in only shorts and shells Wednesday morning in comfortable conditions, leading into Thursday’s preseason opener at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. The only significant news of the 90-minute walkthrough came in 11-on-11 drills when DeSean Jackson appeared to get tangled with a Patriots player off the line off scrimmage.
As he has been all week, Darrelle Revis was defending Jackson and appeared to make contact. Jackson left hobbling and did not return. Redskins coach Jay Gruden opened his post-practice press conference by announcing that Jackson was “cleated” and left with an ankle injury.
“DeSean got cleated today in a walkthrough and twisted his ankle just a hair,” Gruden said. “We’ll see how he does at rehab or treatment and all that. We’ll find out.”
Asked after practice about the contact with Jackson, Revis told reporters, “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
The injury is not believe to be serious but it’s likely that the Redskins will be without two of their top receivers Thursday night as Pierre Garcon is nursing a hamstring issue.
The Patriots left immediately after practice, preparing to make the trip north to Landover, Md. for Thursday’s game.
Here are some other takeaways from Wednesday morning:
Tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Michael Hoomanawanui once again headlined the players absent at practice. Also missing were receiver Aaron Dobson, running back Brandon Bolden, defensive back Jemea Thomas, running back Tyler Gaffney, linebacker Cameron Gordon, tight end D.J. Williams, linebacker Ja’Gared Davis, offensive lineman Chris Martin, first-round pick defensive lineman Dominique Easley, receiver Jeremy Gallon and Sealver Siliga, who injured his left hand on Tuesday.
With Gronkowski, Hoomanawanui and D.J. Williams all missing practice Wednesday, expect to see a lot of rookie tight end Justin Jones out of East Carolina. To that end, Jones saw first team reps toward the end of Wednesday’s walkthrough.
Another rookie, running back James White, received significant time with the first team at the start of 11-on-11 as Tom Brady worked on offensive sets near midfield.
Another player to keep an eye on Thursday is receiver Brian Tyms, who has been getting a lot of work with Ryan Mallett and the second team. Tyms has been one of Mallett’s favorite targets this week and made a nice catch on a bullet pass in the back of the end zone in a goal line situation against the Redskins.