Another game, another Jordan Reed absence.
After Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden originally hoped his tight end would be available for the team’s upcoming preseason game against the Green Bay Packers, Gruden noted on Saturday that Reed will be re-evaluated following the game, indicating that he’d be out.
The fifth-year pro has been decimated by a toe injury, one that is affecting other areas of his body. Reed has played in 14 games or fewer in each of his four seasons in the league. He had his breakout season in 2015 when he brought down 87 balls for 952 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Following that season, he signed a five-year extension worth $50 million, and $22 million of that purse was guaranteed. He still managed to post 686 yards on 66 grabs with six touchdowns despite an injury-ridden 2016 season.
The Redskins perhaps don’t mind trading in preseason losses if it means giving their star tight end some time to rehab back to playing form.
“From every indication I’ve received from the doctors and trainers and from Jordan, I feel he’ll be ready for the season,” Gruden told NFL.com. “But you never know, so we’ll still have to wait and see. Things are odd from time to time, but I have total faith that he’ll be ready.”
If Reed gets healthy, he’ll be a relied upon to make up ground after receivers Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson found different homes during the free-agency window.
The Redskins, with or without their tight end, will host the Philadelphia Eagles for the regular-season opener.