Jordan Reed Won’t Play in Redskins Preseason Opener

RICHMOND — Redskins coach Jay Gruden provided some clarity Tuesday on who will be available to participate in the upcoming pre-season opener against Atlanta.

Washington completed its last dress rehearsal on Tuesday in Richmond. They travel to Atlanta on Wednesday and face the Falcons at 7 p.m. on Thursday night at the Georgia Dome.

Tight end Jordan Reed practiced on Tuesday, but the team has decided to leave him home from the trip with a sprained left thumb. Wide receivers Jamison Crowder (hamstring) and Reggie Diggs (knee) will not play, either.

Gruden was less certain on left tackle Trent Williams (knee). He participated in practice the past three days after missing two late last week. But Williams was also limited to individual drills and will be a game-time decision, Gruden said.

Also, defensive end Preston Smith had his shoulder wrapped and left practice early on Tuesday. Gruden did not think that injury serious, but Smith isn’t certain to play now.

“We’re going to get everybody some reps in the game that are traveling and making the trip,” Gruden said. “Once the game gets started, I’ll put them through pre-game warmup and…then I’ll make my determination on who to take out and when to take them out. That’ll be solely my decision.”

With Crowder, Diggs and rookie Josh Doctson (left Achilles tendon/PUP list) all out, there are plenty of repetitions Thursday for wide receivers Ryan Grant and Rashad Ross. Grant worked some with the starters on Tuesday at practice and Ross was consistently with the second-teamers and quarterback Colt McCoy.

Other young wide receivers hoping to make an impact – given that Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson will see limited duty, at best – are Maurice Harris, Valdez Showers, Dez Stewart and Jarvis Turner.

Gruden also said left guard Shawn Lauvao will play vs. the Falcons. Lauvao began training camp on the PUP list, but quickly returned to the field. He has been splitting first-team repetitions with Spencer Long during practice, but Lauvao was primarily with the second-teamers on Tuesday.

“I’ve got a pretty set plan,” Gruden said. “I’ve got to make sure, obviously, [special teams coach Ben] Kotwica knows about who’s coming out because it’ll affect special teams – and that the coordinators know who’s coming out. That might affect our play calling.”

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