For the third straight week, the Washington Redskins will be without the services of Jordan Reed.
When Jordan Reed suffered a concussion in the third game of the preseason, the Redskins were hoping that they could get him back in time for the Week 1 opener against the Philadelphia Eagles.
As expected, that was wishful thinking. And now, Reed has been confirmed to be out for for Monday Night Football in Week 3.
According to the Redskins official injury report, Reed will miss his third straight game along with Colt McCoy (leg). Cassanova McKinzy (hip) will also miss the game after dealing with the injury all week and being unable to participate in practice.
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With Reed absent, Vernon Davis and Jeremy Sprinkle will continue to be a two-man unit at the tight end position. They should be able to hold the fort, but they are a bit thin at the position after losing J.P. Holtz to waivers. If the team decided to activate a third tight end, they could call up Drew Belcher from the practice squad, but it seems more likely that they would roll with two this week after adding Belcher to the fold on Tuesday.
As for McKinzy, he will be replaced by Noah Spence in the lineup. Spence, a former second-round pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, signed with the team on Wednesday after working out for them in the lead-up to Week 2. He will likely play mostly on special teams, but he has the athletic talent needed to have an impact in a limited rotational role.
Elsewhere on the injury report, Quinton Dunbar (knee) is listed as questionable despite not practicing all week. He seems unlikely to play, but the good news is Fabian Moreau (ankle) and Montae Nicholson (foot) both are no longer carrying an injury designation. So, the secondary will only be missing one starter if Dunbar can’t suit up.
Additionally, Jonathan Allen is listed as questionable on the defensive line, but he was a full participant in practice on Saturday which bodes well for his availability. His presence could give the ‘Skins a better chance to rush the passer against the Bears.
We’ll soon see how healthy these players look and who will be on the field against the Bears on Monday night. Inactive players will be announced 90 minutes prior to the game, so that will clarify everything.