Washington ​Redskins receiver DeSean Jackson returned to practice Wednesday​ after missing all of last week's activities.

Jackson injured the shoulder in London against the Bengals, and coach Jay Gruden said the receiver was dealing with pain in his rotator cuff. The injury proved to be bad enough that he missed last weekend's game against the Vikings. The veteran receiver is hoping to be able to play Sunday night when the Redskins play host to the Green Bay Packers.

The Redskins were able to win without Jackson last week, but make no mistake about it, they would much rather have him in the lineup. On the season, Jackson has 30 catches for 416 yards and one touchdown. Those numbers are way below where the team wanted him to be.

Redskins head coach Jay Gruden spoke about Jackson earlier in the week. "We obviously would love to have DeSean back with his game-breaking speed," said Gruden. "But we have got to get him healthy first and he has to feel good about his shoulder and he has to have the strength back. An injured DeSean won’t do us much good. We’ve got to make sure he’s 100 percent and ready to roll.”

When asked if he believes Jackson could suit up this week Gruden was direct. “I think this week’s in play for him, really. I do. I think he got a shot last week and hopefully he’s going to get more range of motion, more treatment today and tomorrow. And we’ll see how he’s doing Wednesday.”

Nobody takes the top off of opposing defenses quite like DJax, but it's easy to see that the Redskins have been able to get production out of the offense this season without him. Jamison Crowder has become the team's top target this year, and hasn't shown any signs of slowing down. 

If the Redskins can incorporate a gameplan that includes Jackson, Crowder and Pierre Garcon, as well as tight end Jordan Reed and a successful running game, their offense will be near impossible to stop. The Redskins will need that offense to be hitting on all cylinders in the coming weeks as the competition in the NFC East heats up.


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