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DeSean Jackson 'Ready To Go' For Opener


Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson (shoulder) said he likely won't get in any game action until Week 1 of the regular season, Sept. 13 against the Miami Dolphins at FedExField.*

Sure, the Washington Redskins would like the league's top deep threat in their lineup this preseason, as the first-team offense works on gelling as a unit before the games start counting.

But most important for DeSean Jackson – and the team in general – is ensuring the wide receiver's injured shoulder is at 100 percent when the Miami Dolphins come to FedExField Sept. 13 for Week 1 of the regular season.

Jackson, who suffered an AC sprain in his right shoulder Aug. 6 in a training camp drill, told reporters Tuesday he's not likely to see any game action in the remaining two preseason matchups – on Saturday vs. the Baltimore Ravens and on Sept. 3 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

"I think I'll be ready to go," Jackson said. "You won't have to worry about me at all. I'll be the same person I've always been, making plays and being the guy that brings the energy to this team."

Jackson on Sunday participated in practice drills for the first time since suffering the shoulder injury, taking part in individual and positional drills. He had a similar role in Monday's practice, but was not wearing shoulder pads and is yet to take part in 11-in-11 action.

Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said Jackson has regained the full range of motion in his shoulder, and the receiver said he's been on the same page with his coach about his recovery plan.

"It's not necessarily what I can't do, it's just when I do it feeling the pain," Jackson said. "I think Coach Gruden understands that, and that's why he's able to let me get my rest and do the things I need to do to get right. I think we're all on the same page."

Jackson, whose 20.9 yards per reception last season was the best in the NFL, said he was hoping to utilize the preseason to "get your wind" and get in better sync with quarterback Robert Griffin III.

Now without that option, however, the three-time Pro Bowler says he isn't worried about getting off to a slow start in 2015.

"I think, you know, going on my eighth year in this league, I'm definitely familiar with playing ball," Jackson said. "I do it well, so I'm not really worried about that. But I'm still able to run and do everything I need to do to keep my heart rate at that high speed."


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