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Fred Davis Likely To Be Held Out Of Minicamp

The tight end was aiming to return to practicing with his teammates when minicamp begins next week, but instead will be held out until training camp begins in late July.

BY ZAC BOYER

ASHBURN – Even though Fred Davis was hoping to return to practice at the Redskins’ minicamp next week, Mike Shanahan said he’ll most likely keep Davis out of organized team work to allow him more time to heal.

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The tight end tore his left Achilles’ tendon in a game against the Giants in October. He spent the three weeks of organized team activities catching passes from Robert Griffin III on a side field and did not join the rest of his teammates in team drills.

“He might be able to go next week, but I’m going to keep him away even if he wants to go,” Shanahan said Thursday. “I like what I see on a day-to-day basis. You can see the explosion. I just don’t want him to push against anybody right now.”

Davis said two weeks ago when the team began organized team activities that he was “90 percent” healthy. He had yet to push off while running, and the tendon occasionally felt stiff, but otherwise had been cleared to do everything else.

Each of Davis’ last two seasons have ended prematurely. He played in only seven games before the injury, and he was suspended for the final four games in 2011 because of a failed drug test.

When healthy, the 6-foot-4, 247-pound Davis has been among the Redskins’ top targets in the passing game.

“I just don’t want to take the chance when he has an extra month and a half recovery time,” Shanahan said. “So, we won’t push it, but if we were playing next week, I think he might be able to go.”

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