The Washington Redskins have already ruled out Jordan Reed for Monday’s game against the Chicago Bears, and according to a new report, there is fear the tight end may not be able to play ever again.
Reed is still dealing with the effects from a concussion he suffered Aug. 22 in the preseason, taking a helmet-to-helmet hit from Atlanta Falcons safety Keanu Neal.
The 29-year-old, who has had at least seven concussions throughout his football career, was last seen at practice on Wednesday, though it is unclear if he participated.
“This is all a part of the process of recovering from this ordeal,” coach Jay Gruden said Thursday. “We’re just taking it very slowly, making sure he goes through the right process to make sure it’s right, before he goes back on the field.”
The Redskins were initially hopeful Reed would be able to make his season debut last week against the Dallas Cowboys. The 2016 Pro Bowler participated in team drills on Sept. 19, but did not practice the next day.
According to Sports Injury Predictor, a website that charts a player’s injury history, Reed’s first documented concussion happened in 2010 as a redshirt freshman at Florida. He suffered at least two more concussions at Florida, according to the website.
After being drafted in 2013, Reed suffered his first concussion with the Redskins in Week 11 of his rookie year — which ended up costing him the final six games of the season.
Two years later, Reed missed two games after suffering a concussion in a Week 4 matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles.
In 2016, Reed was documented with at least his sixth concussion following a Week 5 win against the Baltimore Ravens. He then missed the next two games to recover.
Reed has now missed 34 games in his career because of his injuries. Besides concussions, the Florida product has dealt with toe, shoulder and chest injuries. He has yet to play a full 16-game season in the NFL.
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