Redskins TE Jordan Reed ruled out in Week 9 with hamstring injury
By Ian Cummings
The Redskins have been hit hard by injuries in recent weeks, and the affliction seems to be far from gone. They’ll go into this Sunday’s contest without one of their starting tight ends.
Jordan Reed left the Cowboys’ game with an injury last week, and until now, we’ve had little clarity as to the severity of the injury. Now, per Ian Rapoport, we at least know this. The injury will keep him sidelined in Week 9 against the Seattle Seahawks.
This report, while conclusive, is merely icing on the cake. It was widely believed that Reed would sit out. The veteran tight end has done little more than get hurt this season. Aside from a big game in Week 7 against the Eagles, he’s scarcely been available. As I wrote, that quality stunts his value, and it’s a reason for the Redskins to use Vernon Davis more often. Now with Reed’s status set in stone, it appears as though Washington will have to turn to the 33-year old veteran. As I wrote earlier this week, that change would bode well for them.
"Part of a player’s worth is his availability. And whether the Redskins like it or not, for all his talent, Jordan Reed is not available very often. Throughout his four and a half year career with the Redskins, Jordan Reed has missed nineteen games. In contrast, through eleven and a half years in the NFL, Vernon Davis has only missed eight games."
Reed is a playmaker, but so is Davis, and the clock is ticking for the latter. Having Reed out hurts the offense, but the position is in good hands with Vernon Davis, and the run blocking will undoubtedly improve with Jeremy Sprinkle active. Nevertheless, Reed will be missed. There are some things he can do that no one else can.
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Reed will be out against the Seahawks. But his status for later games remains up for debate. For any other player, it would be easy to say they’d be back. But Reed is a different case. Injuries hit him harder, and they stay longer. For now, the Redskins will have to carry on without their electric tight end. Time will tell if they can stay afloat.