UPDATE: NFL insider Ian Rapoport says Washington is “not expecting to have Jordan Reed” for Sunday’s game against the Eagles. Washington promoted practice squad tight end J.P. Holtz to their roster in anticipation of Reed’s absence. Also, Reed did not travel to Philly.
Was told Jordan Reed did not make the trip to Philadelphia.— John Keim (@john_keim) September 7, 2019
ORIGINAL STORY BELOW.
It’s sounding like the Philadelphia Eagles’ Week 1 opponent might be without one of their best offensive players for Sunday’s game.
Recent reports about Washington tight end Jordan Reed, who is still recovering from a concussion, don’t seem to paint an optimistic outlook.
Goes without saying the specific type of injury often makes for a tricky process and Reed did some on-field work this week, but remaining in the concussion protocol program as of yesterday raised a red flag. We'll see. Obviously a big loss if Reed can't go.— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) September 7, 2019
With these things never know, could look good for a while and then wake up with a headache on game day. Has happened before..Need Reed for the long haul, not just opener. But if he passes thru protocol today? All good for him.— John Keim (@john_keim) September 7, 2019
Final decision has yet to be made but at this point things are not trending towards Jordan Reed playing for the Redskins Week 1— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) September 6, 2019
Washington listed Reed as “questionable” on the team’s final injury report after the 29-year-old tight end was limited in practice all week. As of Friday afternoon, Washington head coach Jay Gruden said Reed still hadn’t been officially cleared for contact.
We could find out more about Reed’s status today on Saturday. Washington has until 4:00 PM Eastern to make any roster moves ahead of Sunday’s game. If they promote a practice squad tight end to the active roster, that could very well confirm Reed won’t be playing.
Reed’s potential absence would be a big loss for Washington; he led the team in receiving yards last season. Washington could instead be starting a 35-year-old Vernon Davis with Jeremy Sprinkle (seven career catches) backing him up.
Washington is already without their top offensive player since starting left tackle Trent Williams is missing Sunday’s game. Reed’s absence could make life even easier for the Eagles’ defense.