Running back Adrian Peterson said Reed (foot) has been working out with him in Houston this offseason, Tarik El-Bashir of The Athletic reports.
This news bodes well for Reed's availability for offseason workouts after he finished last season on injured reserve with a sprained foot. However, it isn't clear if Reed is participating under any limitations, and it's possible the Redskins could keep the oft-injured tight end under bubble wrap this spring and summer regardless.
Coach Jay Gruden believes Reed (foot) is an important part of the Redskins' future, John Keim of ESPN.com reports. "I like Jordan a lot," Gruden said Monday. "Tight ends that can win in zone and man coverage are hard to find. His blocking has improved and is going to continue to get better the stronger that he gets. We just have to get him healthy, but he is a dynamic player, a great athlete, works extremely hard, a great kid, never late and he's a big part of the success of this football team moving forward in my opinion."
It doesn't sound like Gruden has any interest in freeing up $7.9 million in cap space by releasing Reed, who caught 54 of 84 targets for 558 yards and two touchdowns in 13 games during the 2018 campaign. The 28-year-old tight end finished another season on injured reserve, and at one point in November, he admitted he was still feeling the impact of offseason surgery on both big toes. Reed seems to be looking at a far less grueling rehab process during the 2019 offseason, though his medical record remains a massive concern. While it isn't too difficult to make a case for his release, Reed takes on extra importance due to the lack of pass-catching talent on the Washington roster. The team could ask him to take a small pay cut on the heels of yet another injury-shortened season.
A move to IR always seemed to be a likely outcome for Reed after he sprained his foot in the blowout loss to the Giants in Week 14. Since suffering the injury, Reed has missed two games and hasn't resumed practicing, closing the door on a potential return for the season finale against the Eagles. With Vernon Davis also working back from a concussion that sidelined him in Week 16 against the Titans, Jeremy Sprinkle could get another look as Washington's top tight end before 2018 comes to a close.
Reed (foot) didn't practice Wednesday, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.
After Reed was held out of a second straight game Saturday in Tennessee, coach Jay Gruden told Kareem Copeland of The Washington Post that the tight end wasn't close to suiting up and would need to make noted strides in his recovery to play Week 17 against the Eagles. Reed has yet to take that step this week, and while two practices remain to do so, the Redskins are out of playoff contention and don't have a particular need to get him ready for game action.
Reed missed his second straight game with the injury and didn't practice in any fashion from Tuesday through Thursday before being ruled out. As a result, he'll need to demonstrate significant improvement during the upcoming week to have a shot at playing in what might be a rather meaningless game for Washington. At 7-8, the Redskins are barely in the hunt for a playoff spot and could be eliminated by the time Week 16 action concludes.
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|