Add tight end Jordan Reed to the list of players on the Washington Redskins ruled out for Thursday's preseason opener at the Atlanta Falcons. Whether left tackle Trent Williams and pass rusher Preston Smith play is unclear.
Smith "Strained his shoulder a little bit," coach Jay Gruden said moments after Tuesday's practice. "It's a little weak right now. I don't anticipate it being a very significant injury. I think there's a good chance he could play Thursday, but we'll see."
It's stating the obvious that the Redskins cannot afford to be without Smith or Ryan Kerrigan for any length of time. That duo represents Washington's edge pass rush now that Junior Galette suffered another season ending injury.
Reed returned to practice Monday after missing some work with a thumb injury. Gruden said he'll stay back to continue treatment.
That Williams (knee) is headed to Atlanta is a good sign he'll play at a series against the Falcons. Gruden wouldn't reveal the overall plan, but said "We'll get everybody some reps, those traveling and making the trip. ...Once the game gets started, then I'll make my determination on who take out and when to take them out.
"That will be solely my decision and we'll go from there.
Wide receiver Jamison Crowder was previously ruled for Thursday with a hamstring injury.
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