Redskins injury report: Brailford aggravates groin, Reed gets rest day
By Ian Cummings
The Redskins concluded another training camp session today, and reported some personnel updates after practice was finished.
The Washington Redskins training camp session of 2019 has been going smoothly, for the most part. Young players are developing and flashing key NFL traits, while veterans are including themselves as valuable mentors. Health hasn’t been a pressing issue, as many had feared, but there was a scare today, experienced by edge rusher Jordan Brailford.
Brailford reportedly took a wrong step in individual drills and was seen to the trainer’s tent during practice. Early indications made it seem like Brailford had suffered a non-contact knee injury, and that his 2019 season might be in jeopardy.
Luckily for Brailford, the injury sustained is not nearly as bad as some had feared. Per ESPN’s John Keim, Brailford re-aggravated his groin, and while there is no concrete time table for return, it’s unlikely that he’ll need to complete a rigorous rehabilitation.
That said, Brailford’s injury could still impact his ability to make the final roster. He was already sidelined for weeks for a similar injury, and now that he’s re-aggravated it, the Redskins could decide to stash him on the PUP list, or even on injured reserve, if he doesn’t make it back soon enough to contribute. If Cassanova McKinzy shows out against the Browns, this decision could become an easy one.
Aside from Brailford, there was little news to report from the Redskins on the personnel front. Veteran tight end Jordan Reed did take a rest day, but his rest day was planned, and not related to any injury. Reed’s good health is especially important for Washington’s offense; when Reed clicks, the offense clicks, and he could be a valuable safety blanket for first-round rookie Dwayne Haskins.
Expect more veterans to follow in the stead of Reed in the coming days; in the team’s first preseason game, the reserves will get the brunt of the action, and surefire starters may have their snaps, both in games and in training camp, limited to prevent injury.