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Jordan Reed hid concussions for two weeks, 'was in a bad spot'

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

Pam Oliver caught a football to the face Sunday.
Jordan Reed says he is past his concussion symptoms. (USATSI)

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Before Redskins tight end Jordan Reed got shut down for the year with concussion problems he was piling up some stats.

But he told The SportsXchange on Thursday the concussion problems let on sooner than he told anyone and he "was in a bad spot for a long time."

"I think I had had a concussion two weeks before, but I didn't tell nobody so when I took a shot to the side of my head against the Eagles it made it worse," Reed said. "I was in a bad spot for a long time. I didn't know if they would ever go away, but I'm past it now."

That's ... terrifying. The good news is, per coach Jay Gruden, Reed "has had no setbacks."

"I think [Jordan] has had no [set]backs from his concussion, knock on wood," Gruden said. "We have, obviously, one of the more talented young tight ends in the league. He's going to be a great guy up in the middle of the field. If people want to crowd DeSean or crowd Pierre, he's a guy that's very much needed in the passing game. [Jordan] is obviously a force in the passing game. We've got to work him a little (on) being more stout in the running game."

Reed could combine with DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon, as mentioned by Gruden, to form one of the more dynamic trios in the NFL.

But he needs to stay healthy. And he definitely needs to make sure he doesn't hide any more concussions.

 
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