ASHBURN — Redskins tight end Jordan Reed returned to practice on Wednesday in a yellow non-contact jersey, the latest step forward in a return from his latest concussion
That’s a positive sign for Reed, who met with an independent neurologist on Tuesday after sustaining his sixth documented concussion during an Oct. 9 game at Baltimore. But he also admitted to taking a hit to the head with 13:52 left in the third quarter of that contest and remaining on the field anyway despite knowing he had likely suffered another concussion.
Reed even caught another pass two plays later and stayed in the game throughout. That was his decision. But how concerned is his family after yet another head injury?
“They’re always going to show concern and stuff like that because they care more about my health than anything,” Reed said. “But I’ve got to take care of my family so I’ve got to do what I’ve gotta do.”
Reed, of course, had already signed a five-year, $46.750 million contract extension in May and $22 million of that is guaranteed. That extension kicks in next season while Reed plays out the final year of his rookie contract.
Reed took a concussion test with an independent neurologist last Tuesday in the aftermath of the Baltimore game.
“I was feeling kind of nauseous and irritable and stuff like that, had a headache,” Reed said. “I took the concussion test and did pretty bad on it.”
Reed said he felt fine on Wednesday at practice, but he was limited and wearing the non-contact jersey. He was scheduled to see Washington’s team doctor on Wednesday and will see the independent neurologist on Friday to determine his status for Sunday’s game at Detroit, according to Redskins coach Jay Gruden
“We’re just going to progress him along and see how he’s feeling after more of a workload,” Gruden said.
Reed is used to this by now. He sustained two serious concussions while playing college football at Florida. This is his fourth in the NFL. Last season he missed two games after a concussion in an Oct. 4, 2015 game against the Eagles. Reed is not yet certain about his status against the Lions.
“I don’t want to get too excited because I’ll let my hopes down,” Reed said. “I just leave it in the doctors’ hands. And just do what I’ve got to do to show that I’m ready.”
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