The Washington Redskins are cursing their luck in the aftermath of their week one defeat against the Miami Dolphins.
Not only did the franchise surrender a fourth-quarter lead, but they lost star wide receiver DeSean Jackson with a hamstring injury that will keep him out for several weeks to come.
Hamstring issues, for a speed merchant like Jackson, are always only a route away. But, speaking to the Associated Press this week, the veteran receiver believes he knows just what might have caused this latest setback.
"It probably had a little to do with it," Jackson said when discussing whether missing a large chunk of preseason with an unrelated injury had contributed to his current situation.
"Just the heavy load as far as getting the reps and being able to be out there and running around and get my legs back into shape. But with the time I was given I thought I did a good job with that."
Jackson suffered a sprained AC joint back in early August after colliding with a blocking sled during practice. And, although he returned to practice before preseason was done, the receiver didn't feature in any of Washington's warm up games.
Opening weekend, then, was something of a baptism of fire having been unable to participate at 100-percent leading up to the 2015 campaign. Clearly his body wasn't quite prepared for a Sunday afternoon in the NFL as he hobbled off the field just two snaps into the first quarter.
The admission that he wasn't quite prepared for the game may annoy Redskins fans, some of whom will likely question the coaching staff's decision to risk Jackson at all.
As it is, the team will now miss their number one target for a minimum of three or four weeks.
Redskins fans: Can your team cope without Jackson, and who will step up? Have your say in the comments below...