By Kevin Ross II
If you had to make a list of this season’s top 10 Redskins, you would probably include DeSean Jackson, Jordan Reed, Chris Culliver, and DeAngelo Hall. All of the aforementioned have been dealing with serious injuries, and head coach Jay Gruden used Friday’s press conference to announce their official status for Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons.
“Chris Culliver did not participate in practice, he’ll be out. DeAngelo Hall will be out, he did not participate. Jordan Reed did not participate, he’ll be out. DeSean Jackson did not participate, he’ll be out. Limited was Perry Riley [Jr.], he’s questionable. And, probables – Pierre [Garçon], Kedric [Golston], Ryan Kerrigan, Josh LeRibeus, Kory Lichtensteiger, Spencer Long and Trent Murphy.”
The most significant player included on Gruden’s list is probably tight end Jordan Reed, who seemed poised to have a breakout season. Reed has developed a cohesive chemistry with quarterback Kirk Cousins, as he is usually targeted at the game’s most pivotal moments. Reed is currently tied with Pierre Garcon for the team lead in receptions with 24, and he leads the team in reception yardage with 278.
Make no mistake about it, through the first four weeks of the season, Reed has been the Redskins most dynamic offensive weapon and the loss of his talent will be felt on many different levels come Sunday. Reed is currently under the league’s concussion protocol and he is not allowed to join the Redskins under any capacity until his symptoms clear up.
“Jordan Reed is in the system right now,” said Gruden. “It’s symptom-related. Once he is relieved of his symptoms, then he can come back and participate, but until then we can’t see him.”
Since Jordan Reed is unable to participate, the team will lean on tight end Derek Carrier, who general manager Scot McCloughan acquired via trade from the 49ers during the preseason. Offensive coordinator Sean McVay took time to speak about the multi talented Carrier and what he brings to the field.
“I think he’s a very athletic tight end. He moves around well. I think he competes well in both phases. He obviously hasn’t had a lot of opportunities in the pass game, but you see when he does, he has the ability to get up the field. He caught a stick route last week on a second-and-16 situation, gets us into a third-and-one, so he is somebody that can do some things with the football in his hands once he gets it there because he is athletic. And I think [Tight Ends Coach] Wes [Phillips] is doing a great job as he continues to get more and more comfortable with some of the scheme things that we’re doing technique-wise in the run game and he’s a guy that has a lot of upside that gets better each and every week.”
The Redskins official injury report can be seen below.
Out: CB Chris Culliver (Knee), CB DeAngelo Hall (Toe), TE Jordan Reed (concussion), WR DeSean Jackson (Hamstring)
Questionable: LB Perry RIley (Calf)
Probable: WR Pierre Garcon (Knee), DL Kedric Golston (Hand), LB Ryan Kerrigan (Hip), C Josh LeRibeus (Calf) C Kory Lichtensteiger (Finger), G Spencer Long (Ankle), LB Trent Murphy (Hip)
Kevin Ross is a freelance writer covering all things Washington Redskins. His work can be found on Examiner.com.