Jordan Reed’s career may be in jeopardy after the latest concussion that he suffered. Here’s what the latest report about the Redskins tight end’s health is saying.
The Washington Redskins were initially hopeful that Jordan Reed would be able to play in Week 1 of the NFL season after suffering a concussion in the team’s third preseason game on Aug. 22. That timeline has been stretched multiple times and now, he will miss the team’s third game of the season on Monday night against the Chicago Bears.
And even worse, there are rumblings that his career could be in jeopardy.
On Sunday morning, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Reed’s status moving forward is uncertain and that he may not be able to get back on the field at all. Here’s what Schefter said sources have told him about Reed’s health in a recent piece.
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There are those within the Redskins organization and around the league that are concerned Reed will not be able to play again, according to sources. Reed will continue to undergo testing, but the player, the team and doctors know what he is up against.
Any player who has suffered the number of concussions that Reed has — it is difficult to pinpoint the exact number — puts himself at grave risk by playing again.
Schefter would go on to note that Reed does want to return to the field, but there’s no guarantee he will be able to.
This is obviously a massive blow to the Redskins. Reed was enjoying one of the best offseasons of his career and had avoided the nagging injuries that had plagued him in offseasons past. But the concussion which came on a dirty hit by Keanu Neal changed that outlook and apparently, it may force him into an early retirement.
Reed, 29, was a third-round pick by the Redskins in the 2013 NFL Draft. He converted to tight end after originally being a quarterback at Florida and eventually emerged as one of the top weapons in the team’s offense. His best season came in 2015 when he played in a career-high 14 games catching 87 passes for 952 yards and 11 touchdowns. Alas, injuries have limited him severely in recent years and since that season, he has only played in 31 of a possible 48 games.
Reed is in the third year of a five-year, $46 million extension he signed with the Redskins during the 2016 offseason. The team can part with him next offseason while absorbing only $1.8 million in dead cap space in the event that he can’t play but decides not to retire.
While Reed is out, Vernon Davis and Jeremy Sprinkle will hold down the fort as the team’s top two tight ends. They are a solid duo, but the team did lose backup J.P. Holtz to waivers after Week 1, a move that is looking more and more questionable given Reed’s uncertain health. On the practice squad, they have undrafted rookie Drew Belcher who signed with the team on Tuesday to replace Donald Parham.
If Reed’s career is, in fact, over, the Redskins will have to try to find a replacement for him during the 2020 offseason. While the 2019 NFL Draft was loaded with talent at the tight end position, there isn’t quite as much talent in the 2020 draft. Perhaps some prospects will emerge and if not, they could try to sign guys like Austin Hooper, Eric Ebron, or Darren Waller in free agency.