ASHBURN -- Fine, projecting injured tight end Jordan Reed out for the Week 13 matchup wasn't as obvious as the morning sun rising in the East. After hearing from the pass catcher in the days since he injured his shoulder in the Thanksgiving matchup against Dallas, it wasn't that hard either. Regardless, one report has Reed out for Sunday's game at Arizona while the Redskins are moving forward with their game-planning as if their leading receiver won't go.
First, the report from ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Next, coach Jay Gruden, who answered questions following Thursday's practice. This one on his
Offensive coordinator Sean McVay tackled the topic of how the team functions if indeed Reed sits.
No doubt the Redskins aren't as good without Reed, one of the top two tight ends in the NFL. The other guy in that select group, Rob Gronkowski, will miss the next two months following back surgery. Reed should -- knock on wood -- be back much sooner. The thing is, forever however long he's out, Washington can not only remain afloat, but thrive.
Tight end Vernon Davis's production ranks among the biggest surprises of the season and Derek Carrier adds depth. The wide receiver corps is deep. Washington's running game balanced out the attack over the last few weeks. Quarterback Kirk Cousins was named NFC Player of the Month for November. Yes, having Reed is better than not, but the Redskins can make do without him, for now.
As for the overall injury report...