Redskins' Jordan Reed: Shoulder is '30 percent' but doesn't need surgery
The tight end is day to day after suffering a Grade 3 shoulder separation
Jordan Reed did something incredible on Thanksgiving: He played through a Grade 3 AC joint separation in his left shoulder to catch two crucial touchdowns in the fourth quarter of the Redskins' loss to the Cowboys.
On Monday, Reed provided both good and bad news. The good news is that he doesn't need surgery. The bad news is that he described his shoulder as "30 percent."
"It's probably about 30 percent range of motion right now," Reed said, per CSN Mid-Atlantic. "I don't throw the ball, so I don't need surgery."
The Redskins need their star tight end. Against the Cowboys, he hauled in 10 passes for 95 yards, including this one-hander.
On the season, Reed has caught 59 passes for 630 yards and five touchdowns. When Kirk Cousins targets Reed, he has a 110.8 passer rating, according to Pro Football Focus. Dating back to the beginning of last season, Reed ranks sixth in touchdown catches (16) among all players, including receivers. If not for continual injury issues -- concussions have been a major concern for Reed -- Reed would find himself higher on that list. He has yet to play in a full 16-game season.
Next up for the Redskins are the stumbling Cardinals, who dropped to 4-6-1. So, the Redskins could potentially survive their trip out west without Reed. If that happens, expect Vernon Davis to see an increased workload. The veteran hasn't been featured a ton thus far (37 targets), but he's been productive, catching 31 of those targets for 450 yards and two scores.
At 6-4-1, the Redskins are currently slotted in as a wild-card team, but after their loss to the Cowboys, they can't afford to stumble down the stretch. The Buccaneers and Vikings are both 6-5 and in pursuit.
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