Jordan Reed's sixth diagnosed concussion is official. The tight end's status for the Week 6 matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles -- and beyond -- is not.
Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden announced Reed's situation one day after revealing the 26-year-old developed symptoms two days after Sunday's win at Baltimore. Though not officially ruled out for Sunday's NFC East matchup, Gruden said, Reed must be cleared from the NFL's concussion protocol program before returning to practice or play. At this point, that seems unlikely.
"We let the independent doctor and our doctors decide on how severe [the concussions] are. That's all I can say," Gruden said when asked about his level of concern for Reed. "He’s a very important part of our offense, but we also want him to get better from a personal standpoint.”
It's possible they take the cautious route and let Reed sit for more than just Sunday. The Redskins play at Detroit in Week 7 and against Cincinnati in Week 8 before their bye week.
Reed, 26, leads the Redskins in receptions (33), yards (316) and is tied for the team lead with two touchdown catches. He signed a five-year, $46.75 million contract in May after setting several career-highs in 2015.
Gruden said there was no indication that Reed suffered the concussion during Washington's 16-10 victory.
“No, we didn’t even think about it, actually, until Tuesday morning when he came in and said he had some symptoms," Gruden said. "He took a couple shots, but none that were alarming as far as we were concerned, as far as keeping him out of the game, no.”
Replacing Reed won't be easy, obviously.
"I think we have Vernon Davis and Niles Paul ready to roll," Gruden said. Those two guys are very good tight ends. We have good depth at that position with those two. Now we’re a little worried about our depth at that position now. We had three good ones, now we have two, so that’s why we have the other receivers and the backs, you know. So, I think we’ll be OK. Obviously we want him back. He’s a big part of our offense and a great player, but the other guys are ready to step up. [Jamison] Crowder will get more looks, DeSean [Jackson], Pierre [Garçon], Vernon, Chris [Thompson], so we have good enough players.”
Gruden would not rule out adding another tight end before Sunday if needed.
Linebacker Su'a Cravens (concussion) and cornerback Bashaud Breeland (ankle) were limited participants in practice for a second straight day. First round pick Josh Doctson (Achilles) did not practice.
Cornerback Josh Norman practiced with a sizeable wrap on his right wrist, which he aggravated against the Ravens.
Notes: “Chris Baker, Trent Murphy (shoulder), Trent Williams (knee), Dashaun Phillips (hamstring) were limited.
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