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.
Reed (hamstring) isn't expected to play in Sunday's road game against the Chargers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
In line for a sixth consecutive DNP, Reed remained a spectator at Wednesday's practice, per JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington. Since injuring his hamstring Week 8, Reed's only activity occurred during Week 10 prep, when he managed a pair of limited sessions. Until he proves his health in practice, he doesn't seem like a candidate for active status on game day. Expect Vernon Davis to continue holding down the fort at tight end.
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