Gruden denies Doctson has a heel injury

Washington Redskins wide receiver Josh Doctson (18) is dealing with a shoulder injury but not a heel injury according to coach Jay GrudenPhoto: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (file photo)

Redskins coach Jay Gruden denied a report that wide receiver Josh Doctson had his heal drained.

Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden denied a report that wide receiver Josh Doctson had his heal drained, while speaking at a Fan Appreciation Day event.

Speaking to reporters in Richmond, Gruden refuted the initial report by NBC Sports Washington on Thursday. The news of Doctson's heel getting drained was tweeted by Brian Mitchell, a former Redskins kick returner and running back.

"I don't think I've ever heard of a heel being drained," Gruden said. "So, I don't know where that came from. That is not true, but he's going to do a little something out here today. We'll see. I'd be surprised if he went full-go, but he did not have his heel drained. He just got it stepped on. No, he's fine."

Mitchell responded to Gruden's denial on Saturday.

"Hearing that what I was said was denied by Jay," Mitchell wrote on twitter "I'll just say this. In my 15 plus years of doing media in DC, I've never made up anything and NEVER said anything unless a reputable person said it. I said also it was no big deal, but it is what it is."

Doctson is recovering from a left shoulder injury he suffered in Wednesday's practice.

Selected with the 22nd overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft, Doctson promised a "huge" season in 2018 after missing all but two games during his rookie campaign due to an Achilles injury.

Doctson had 35 catches for 502 yards and six touchdowns in 16 games in 2017.

The 6-foot-2, 202-pound Doctson does not have a 100-yard receiving game, nor has he caught more than four passes in a single contest.