Redskins head coach Jay Gruden expects Reed (hamstring, toe) to be healthy for the 2018 season, Stephen Czarda of the team's official website reports. "We anticipate him being fully healthy," said Gruden. "If something does happen, knock on wood, which I don't think it will, we'll adjust like we have every year."
After missing all of training camp with a toe injury, Reed never seemed truly healthy at any point in 2017, averaging 35.2 receiving yards across six appearances before landing on injured reserve in December due to a hamstring injury. While the hammy is expected to heal on its own, Reed was considering toe surgery back in December. There hasn't been any update on his final decision, but Gruden's recent comments suggest the tight end either avoided surgery entirely or else had a procedure from which he's expected to make a full recovery before training camp. Reed has missed 28 of 80 possible games in his five-year career, only once making more than 12 appearances in a season (14 in 2015). The change from Kirk Cousins to Alex Smith at quarterback will probably impact the Redskins' wideouts more so than Reed, considering Smith has a strong track record of feeding his tight ends, most notably Travis Kelce in Kansas City and Vernon Davis in San Francisco.
It was a hamstring injury that had sidelined the tight end for the Redskins' past six games before he was eventually shut down for the season and moved to injured reserve earlier this week. While the hamstring remains the primary concern for Reed, surgery to address a more minor toe issue could help him get ahead of a potential setback that might crop up in 2018. Even if Reed enters the upcoming campaign with a clean bill of health, history suggests it won't be long before he's back in the trainer's room tending to an injury of some sort.
The "will he or won't he" return has reached its conclusion, as the Redskins have opted for the former with their No. 1 tight end. With a hamstring injury capping Reed to six games, he'll finish 2017 with career lows in receptions (27), targets (35) and receiving yards (211), while reaching the end zone twice. For the remainder of the campaign, Vernon Davis will be the most-utilized TE on the roster, but Niles Paul and even Jeremy Sprinkle should earn some reps.
Reed (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday's road game against the Chargers.
Earlier in the week, head coach Jay Gruden noted injured reserve hasn't been considered for Reed at this point in the season, suggesting the tight end may make an appearance by Week 17. That said, Reed hasn't played since Week 8 nor taken part in practice since Week 10, so there's no telling when his health will improve enough to suit up on game day. In the meantime, the duo of Vernon Davis and Niles Paul will handle tight-end reps.
Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said injured reserve isn't an option for Reed (hamstring) at this juncture, even though the tight end is expected to miss a sixth straight game Sunday against the Chargers, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Reed hasn't played in a game since Week 8 or practiced since Week 10, with the Redskins essentially falling out of the playoff hunt during his prolonged absence. The team has no real incentive to rush him back into action if he's still hurting, but there's also not much point in ruling out Reed's return at some point after Week 14. Vernon Davis and Niles Paul have been filling in at tight end, with the latter eating into the former's targets the past couple weeks.
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