ASHBURN — Redskins tight end Jordan Reed is in the NFL’s concussion protocol after taking a hit in Sunday’s victory over the Baltimore Ravens.
That is a major concern for arguably Washington’s best offensive player. Reed has a definitive concussion history with three previously in the NFL and two more documented in college at the University of Florida.
Reed missed the final six games of his rookie season in 2013 due to concussion symptoms. He actually attempted to play the two weeks following a Nov. 17 concussion against Philadelphia before coming clean to team medical personnel. Those symptoms didn’t subside until well into the offseason.
Reed later said he also suffered a “mild” concussion on Nov. 3, 2013 against San Diego. That would make five known concussions dating to his college days from a player with a known history of hiding symptoms. The Redskins are not yet conceding this is a sixth.
“I’m not considering it a concussion until we get all the results right now,” Redskins coach Jay Gruden said. “[Reed] just had some symptoms. It doesn’t mean it is. We just want to make sure we take the right steps.”
Reed sustained another concussion last October in a game against the Eagles in Week 4 and missed the next two games. He also suffered a sprained knee in that contest.
Reed arrived at Redskins Park on Tuesday morning with concussion symptoms, Gruden said. There was no obvious hit in the Ravens game that showed Reed struggling on the field and he finished the game.
“Would love to have [Reed] out there. He’s obviously a great player for us,” quarterback Kirk Cousins said. “We’ve talked about it all year long how depth is going to be important. And we’re going to need other players to step up. It’s kind of part of the way the NFL season works and how long of a year it is and how much of a grind. That’s where we’ve just got to have other guys ready to go.”
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